Pennsylvania Episcopalians collect luggage for children, youth in foster care

When the Rev. Andrea Gardner went into the foster care system at 14 years old, she had to carry all her belongings between homes in a trash bag. Now an adult, she doesn’t want other children and youth in foster care to experience what she names an “indignity.”

“A child, though no fault of their own, is already in a tough situation, and now they’re being carried off to God knows where with God knows who,” Gardner, deacon of both Christ Church (Old Swedes) Episcopal Church in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, and St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania, told Episcopal News Service. “A child never knows what they’re going to get going into this new home. So, having the indignity on top of having to pack their stuff in a trash bag is not good.”  To read more click here