Duffle Bag Bash helps foster children moving between homes

MATUNUCK, R.I. (WLNE) — The 8th annual Duffle Bag Bash was held on Sunday.

The event is put on by the Office of the Child Advocate and Adoption Rhode Island to help foster children who may need a bag or suitcase to carry their belongings when moving between placements.

The only entry fee was a new rolling bag or suitcase that could be used by a foster child, or a gift card.

CEO of Adoption Rhode Island Darlene Allen said the event drew at least 600 people.

“We’re so happy to be part of this community,” she said.

The event featured music, games, food, touch-a-truck, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Acting Child Advocate Katelyn Medeiros said that all proceeds from the event go to help children in foster care.

“From basic necessities to even having an opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities, it can be used for a wide variety of things,” she said.

Donations are still being accepted at 290 West Exchange St. in Providence, to Adoption Rhode Island, or here.

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