Red Suitcase Foundation, Inc.
Mission: to aid children that are faced with the unfortunate circumstances of being transitioned into the care of Child Protective Services by providing care packages, supplies and comfort items during their time of need.
President & Founder; John Wagner
Vice President & Co-Founder: Ben Harris
Philanthropy Coordinator: Teddy Wagner
Philanthropy Coordinator: Sam Harris
"In the summer of 2010, the lives of two young children changed forever. These two children are my cousins. Things got rough in their lives and they ended up having to leave their home to be put in the care of Child Protective Services. They were eight and fourteen years old at the time. At very young ages, they had to face the world on their own. Luckily for them, they had family that was willing to take them in. This is where my family and I come in. When the younger of the two showed up at our house, all he had with him was this one little red suitcase. In the suitcase, he had a couple pairs of shorts, a few shirts, but mainly legos he wanted to bring with him to his new life. At first, I was astonished as to why someone would decide to bring legos over any sort of toiletries or maybe clothes for more than two days, but then I learned more about the situation. CPS agents showed up at his door giving him not much more than 5 minutes to collect everything he thought was the most important in his life, and he did. At only eight years old, he had to look at his room and decide what to leave behind and what to start a new life with. After he moved in with us, I began to think: what items would I put in my red suitcase in his scenario? This question pained me. I realized how hard it must be for children to completely leave their old lives behind. I couldn't stand knowing that so many children have to face this question. I wanted to make a difference. Now, through the Red Suitcase Foundation, everyone has the chance to make a difference in the lives of children who may only have their one little red suitcase."