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Life, Love and Luggage

In some parts of the country, foster kids have to put their belongings into garbage bags when they move from place to place — but thanks to one Huntsville group, our foster kids get a little more love. 

On May 22, you have the chance to help out those foster kids. If you go to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll have the chance to paint some luggage for foster children. 

The painted suitcases will be sent to foster children in North Alabama and South Tennessee. 

Lee Marshall, the founder of Kids to Love, will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a meet and greet.

Lee Marshall, former news anchor at WHNT, started Kids to Love in 2004 because she was also once a foster kid. Born at a Baptist group home in Tennessee to a mother who was not prepared to parent, Lee was turned over to foster care and adopted when she was a toddler.

If you’ve been in Huntsville for very long, you probably remember the Kids to Love segments on WHNT — photos and videos of kids smiling back at you while they wait on families to fall in love and adopt them. That’s only part of it, though. The scope of Kids to Love goes much deeper than the vignettes and free publicity. They cover everything from the backpack program to running a group home. Now, they’re even making sure they don’t feel invaluable because they keep their possessions in a trash bag. 

You can find out more information about the event on the Kids to Love Facebook page. 

And then get your artistic skills warmed up. Head over to Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro on May 22 and make some luggage beautiful. We’ve got so many kids in our foster care system, and this is one chance to play a part in giving them something special.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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