About

Oklahoma has approximately 9,900 children in foster care, and 350 children waiting to be adopted. Each of these children are waiting for their first night with a new family.

Our Story

Luggage with Love (LwL) endeavors to assist the foster child's transition to the placement family by providing needed support, clothing and hygiene items soon after a child has been placed in a new home. Most children who are placed in foster care come to the foster home with nothing except what they are wearing. Add to that, families who care for foster children often have very little support.

LwL was founded with the sole purpose of showing love and alleviating the stress and turmoil that can be part of the first night in a new foster home. LwL provides the support during the transition phase to demonstrate love and provide peace when it is needed most. In most cases, on the same day the request is received, LwL delivers a piece of luggage, containing clothing and other supplies to each newly placed foster child.

Nearly 10,000 Oklahoma Children in Foster Care

Oklahoma DHS no longer provides a clothing voucher for each foster child placed. And as of July 1, 2017, foster families will see their stipends cut by 30%. This lack of financial support makes the burden on foster families even greater. This means that upon receiving a foster child, the family must immediately purchase clothing, shoes, hygiene items, and other supplies that the child might need, as most children arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. They deserve to feel cared for and supported with their most basic needs met.

Our Mission

Luggage with Love will demonstrate our love for Jesus by providing for the basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of newly-placed foster children and their foster families.

Core Values

  • COMPASSION: We serve others as if we were serving Jesus Himself. Matthew 25:40
  • PRAYER: We are committed to praying daily for each other, the ministry, and the children and families we serve. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • INTEGRITY: We do the right thing. We do what we say we will do. We tell each other the truth, in love. Proverbs 21:3
  • INTENTIONAL EXCELLENCE: Every detail is important. We exceed the expectations of the families and children we serve. We continuously improve ourselves and our processes. 1 Peter 4:11
  • PERSEVERANCE: We will work hard, patiently, especially when there are challenges. Even when we fail, we will re-group and continue. Philippians 4:13