Bundles of Hope was created in 2012 by Mason Hymer (9 at the time) and Mackenzie Hymer (11 at the time). Mason and Mackenzie were both adopted. Bundles of Hope was born because Mason had been adopted through foster care and wanted to do something to give back.
What started out as giving pajamas, a stuffed animal, toothbrush, and toothpaste to children on their first night in foster care, has turned into so much more. We also hope to partner with people in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma to reach more and more kids that are entering foster care.
What We Do
Emergency Placement Bundles
The first project Bundles of Hope created consisted of pajamas, blankets, toothbrush, toothpaste and a stuffed animal. Through donor support we are now able to include pajamas, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, blanket, stuffed animal, journal, and bible all stuffed into a brand new backpack.
This bundle is our number one priority, because of the necessity of the items that are included. Many of the kids can only bring the clothes on their back to their new foster homes, making surprise arrivals very difficult for foster parents. Before we began providing bundles, many families would have to immediately run and get all the little necessities. Since the child now arrives at the foster home with all the necessities, the family is able to focus on the emotional needs of the child.
We are always in need of donations for this Bundle. We like to make sure that all donations are new. The reason we do that is because these kids may have never had their own blanket or stuffed animal and so we want to give them something nice that they can hold onto and have as their own.
Investigator Car Bundles
The second project we took on, Investigator Car Bundles were made to make the (very) stressful ride to a new foster home a little bit easier.
These Bundles sit in the investigators cars (the investigators are the people that pick up the children from the bad situations and take them to their new foster home). The entire experience can be very scary, so our goal is to make it a little bit easier. We do that by supplying snacks, drinks, and toys that the kids can have as they are riding.
This is our newest Bundle. Many people think of foster kids as kids that are 5-10 years old nut foster kids can be newborns-18. Once they turn 18 they enter the Age Out stage, this is where they begin to live on their own, with no family, and no support.
Our goal is to make this transition a little bit easier. We give each of the ageing out kids their own Age-out Bundle, which is a housewarming gift of sorts. We give them cleaning supplies, toiletries, kitchen utensils, dish ware, a blanket, laundry hampers, laundry soap, etc. We also give a 50 dollar walmart gift card in each Age-out bundle for their first month or so of groceries.