What started out as a request for items to be donated to children going into Foster Care, very often at short notice, turned into one of Rotary Club of Maitland Sunriseā€™s most successful and rewarding projects to date, resulting in a presentation this week to Hope in a Suitcase of 40 fully packed suitcases ready to go to children, often in dire circumstances, going into Foster Care.
In the Hunter region donations are co-ordinated by Rachel, a young, single Mother.  Rachel was contacted by Rotary Club of Maitland Sunrise Youth Director, Cheryl Stanton, who had heard of Hope in a Suitcase and was keen to see how her Rotary Club could help.   The result of this initial outcome has been outstanding with donations coming in from club members and the community at large as word spread.   
On Thursday 10th February 2022 at 1pm an amazing 40 suitcases filled and ready to be handed out to children going into Foster Care, will be presented by Cheryl to Rachel.  Suitcases are prepared for ages ranging from Premature Babies to 14 year olds.
Hope in a Suitcase Australia is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers who are incredibly passionate about showing every child in the foster care system that they are loved and valued by their community. This is done by giving them a suitcase of their very own to ensure they have a safe and secure place in which to pack their belongings and take with them wherever their journey may lead.
The suitcases are filled with essential items such as toiletries, (sanitary items for the older girls), underwear, a set of pyjamas and a change of clothing. They also include something to cuddle for the younger children, a book to read, a journal or colouring-in books and pencils to encourage creativity and provide a distraction away from their turmoil.