LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – November is National Adoption Month. Focus on the Family donated 300 suitcases to children in foster care, foster parents, child welfare agencies, and community partners throughout Kentucky on Wednesday. 

The donation was a partnership between Focus on the Family, Sunrise Children’s Services, and Orphan Care Alliance.

The group stopped at two churches in Lexington to give out suitcases. Each suitcase was filled with a stuffed animal and a bible that contained personalized notes like “I pray God’s love over your life.”

The director of foster care and adoption, Sharen Ford, explained when children are removed from a home their belongings are often placed in a trash bag, which is why the organization is donating suitcases.

Ford explained, “I wish I could tell you they only move one time, sometimes it’s 4 times, 10 times. That’s horrible. But they shouldn’t be taking their things in a trash bag when they have to move. A suitcase allows them to put their belongings in something that is meaningful. Our kids deserve dignity and respect and we want to be a piece of that story for them.”

More than 9,000 children are currently in the state’s foster care system. Focus on the Family also delivered suitcases to churches in Louisville.