TROY suitcase drive aims to help foster children

Posted: Thursday, 15 September 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University's College of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Houston County Department of Human Resources in a suitcase drive that aims to make moving easier for local foster children.

TROY and the DHR are asking the public to donate new or used pieces of luggage, duffel bags or backpacks, which will be given to foster children to help them when moving into a new home.

Donations of travel-size toiletry items such as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes are also being accepted. Items can be dropped off at the Social Work Department at TROY's Dothan Campus, located in the Library/Technology Building Room 242, or at Ridgecrest Baptist Church and First Assembly of God in Dothan.

The drive is ongoing with a goal of collecting 500 suitcases.

For more information, contact Jenny Nelson at 334-983-6556, ext. 1435.

suitcase drive

Jenny Nelson, left, departmental secretary for the Troy University Department of Health and Human Services at the Dothan Campus and Rachel Swope, a junior social work major from Dothan, display suitcases and backpacks collected during the ongoing TROY suitcase drive. The luggage will be donated to the Houston County Department of Human Resources to help local foster children when they move into a new home. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)