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Taylor Pyles

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Taylor Pyles

Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

AmazonWishlist A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Below is a partial list from our Amazon Wish List

Some things to note:

  • We've shopped according to price. As sad as it sounds, an abused child will be excited over a $5 shirt just as much as a $50 designer shirt. To meet the needs of these kids, it is better to buy 5 inexpensive shirts for muliple packs than it is to purchase a single, super expensive shirt. 
  • Some of items listed come in multipacks. This is more affordable and helps fill more packs. For example, infant bottles come in packs of 3. This allows us to fill 3 infant packs at an affordable price. 
  • Our Wish List is only a suggestion. The items listed are not obligatory and you can choose similar items to go in the backpacks. Because we list a particular shirt, it isn't necessary to purchase that exact shirt. 
  • You will see the same items listed multiple times. if you look closely, you'll see the sizes are different. For example, you'll see a particular pajama listed numerous times. We've added multiple sizes of each to the list. 

Amazon Wish List

 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of drug rehab programs in Maryland that claim they provide the most effective addiction treatment in the country. You can go on the internet and find drug rehab after drug rehab listed with a variety of “recovery claims”.

S137The Blue Ribbon Project is designed to be a community outreach in both the prevention of Child Abuse and a support network for abused and neglected children. At the Blue Ribbon Project, we understand that victims of child abuse carry a burden throughout their lives and the effects of abuse last a lifetime. That’s why we offer a variety of functional outreach programs that directly serve abused and neglected children in our community,  youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of abuse and neglect. Through our dedication to these children, we remain committed to achieving our vision of raising awareness around child abuse in our communities and acting as advocates for those affected by child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and our staff is 100% volunteer.

The Project...

My name is Taylor. I am an adult survivor of child abuse. I founded The Blue Ribbon Project for several reasons and had several goals in mind. First and foremost was to directly assist children within our community who are victims of abuse, neglect, and child sex assault. These children need us to be their voice and to stand up for their safety. It is our obligation to do so. The Blue Ribbon Project achieves this through several outreach programs that work directly with victims of abuse, as well as work with children who are placed within the Foster Care system.

Another goal of The Blue Ribbon Project is to elevate awareness of child abuse and the prevention of abuse and neglect. While there are many resources available and awareness has grown over the last several years, there are a reported 676,569 victims of child abuse and neglect (2011 Child Maltreatment Report, U.S Department of Health and Human Services). This number is staggering...and unacceptable. 

Lastly, The Blue Ribbon Project is designed to bring resources together for foster care survivors. There are a lot of resources and information available on the internet regarding adoption and foster care, however, I feel as if I am part of a lost generation that grew up in the system. I wanted to provide a meeting place of sorts to those that may have grown up in similar circumstances and also feel as if they are part of a lost generation.

The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us. While we are all in different parts of our journey, we have something to offer each other in support.  The Blue Ribbon Project is developed by you, supported by you, and guided by you. It is YOU who can make a difference in someone's life. The Blue Ribbon Project has grown to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit with programs in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Charles County, Kent County, and Queen Anne's County.

While we appreciate everyone's support with donations of items as well as full backpacks, we have found that we have an abundance of some items and are completely lacking in others.

We are in dire need of the following items:

  • Children's Bodywash (Both girls and boys).
  • Clothing and pajamas for all ages.

We have an abundance of the following items and there is no need (right now) to purchase more:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Stuffed Animals

There are many ways you can help and support our Backpacks of Love program.  We can use every little bit of help in creating and filling these backpacks. Here are just a few of the ways a person or organization can help support the project.

  • Shop for Necessities: While shopping at the grocery store,  pick up an essential or two from the list. Even the smallest of items will make it into a backpack and make a world of difference. One does not have to donate an entire backpack, nor does there have to be a large financial donation.  Once you have purchased a few items, place them in a bag and drop them off at any of the drop off locations. Please take a look at our What's in a Backpack page to see what necessities are included in backpacks.

  • Purchase a backpack and fill it with love: What most of our donors have been doing (and is working very well) is to get an age appropriate backpack. Begin filling this backpack for a child of that age and gender.  For example, a smaller pink backpack would be appropriate for a younger girl. In here, you might include a child's toothbrush (in girl's colors) and children's toothpaste. A book for a younger girl such as a coloring book and crayons. A plush toy for a girl of that age.  Perhaps a few pairs of underwear made for a girl of that age as well as pajamas and socks. You may also include an outfit should she need a change of clothes (and yes, shopping for age can be nearly impossible). Please feel free to add a few items that are not on the list. Then drop off your backpacks at any of our convenient drop off locations. If you wish to create a pack and are not sure what is needed, please take a look at our What's in a Backpack page.
  • Make a donation and have a backpack purchased and filled on your behalf: The average cost of a backpack can run between $30 and $50, however, this cost can fluctuate depending on age and amount of donated items. Please feel free to make a financial donation for us to purchase and fill a backpack on your behalf. On our Donation Page, you will find a comments section. Here, you can specify the age and gender of the pack you would like for us to fill (or leave it up to us based on needs). This is a great option for those that are not local but wish to help as well as those that are too busy (or too far) to shop and drop off a backpack. 

  • Rally your Troops: Organize your business, church group, social group, school, or community organization to assemble backpacks. This is a great project for family based organizations and supporters of children. If you wish, we can come to your organization to speak about the program and present sample backpacks.  We have presented the program to several church groups and community associations and we'd be more than happy to speak at yours. This is a great way to get the word out, support the program, and bring attention to the prevention of child abuse.

  • Shop our Amazon Wish List: A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Please check our Amazon Wish List for more information
  • Make a Financial Contribution: The Blue Ribbon Project is a non-profit  501(c)(3) charitable organization. 100% of your donation goes to supporting these children being placed into care and your donation is tax deductible. We are a 100% volunteer organization so there are no paychecks going out. Our space is donated so there is no rent to be paid. There is nothing more frustrating then donating to an organization just to learn that only a small percentage went to the cause you were supporting. If you donate $50.00, that is $50.00 in necessities and backpacks. If you wish to make a financial contribution to support our programs, you can  visit our GoFundMe Page. You can also donate by credit card or paypal right here on our website by visiting our Donation Page.  The Blue Ribbon Project has applied to be an 501(c)(3) and our status is pending.

Please remember YOU are a part of The Blue Ribbon Project and make these things possible. Please share any ideas and suggestions you may have. We welcome these suggestions.

Several area businesses have offered to be drop off locations. You can drop off backpacks to our friends at the following locations. Please thank these businesses as they step up to help the community. They receive nothing in return and have offered to help these kids out of the kindness of their hearts. We thank them greatly for participating with and support The Blue Ribbon Project! Please keep an eye on this page as things continue to grow. If you have a business or organization in Anne Arundel, Charles County, or Queen Anne's County and would like to be a drop off location, please contact us.

 

Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Police Department

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Annapolis Police Department is very active within the community, especially when it comes to our children. You can drop off your backpacks at Annapolis Police Department located at 199 Taylor Avenue (just down from the Navy Stadium) 

 

 

 

BB&T Bank

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Backpacks of Love can be dropped off at several BB&T Banks in the area. They can be dropped off at :

  • 3062 Solomons Island Road (Village at Lee Airpark) Edgewater
  • 80 West Central Avenue, Edgewater
  • 801 Compass Way (Heritage Harbor), Ste 7 Annapolis

 

Eastport Shell

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Eastport Shell is located at 335 Sixth Street in Eastport (Corner of Sixth and Severn). If you wish to drop off a backpack and need directions, you can visit their website at Eastportshell.com

Remember when you stop in, please thank them for supporting The Blue Ribbon Project and the Backpacks of Love Program!  

 

Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services

 

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Backpacks and donations can also be dropped off at the Robert A. Pascal Youth & Family Services located at 570 Ritchie Highway, Suite H in Severna Park. It's in the rear of Park Plaza Shopping Center near the entrance from Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. This location is also where we typically have our Aging Up...Not Out program.

  

 

 

WNAV Radio

wnavBackpacks can be dropped off with our friends at WNAV Radio located at 236 Admiral Drive in Annapolis (Just look for the two big radio towers)

 

 

 

 

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Angelina's Italian Kitchen in Sub Shop is conveniently located at 827 Central Avenue East in Edgewater (in the area of Selby). Mary Jo, the owner of Angelina's has offered discounts coupons for food for anyone that brings in donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Charles County

La Plata Police Patch

La Plata Police Department is our point of contact within Charles County. Donations can be dropped off at the La Plata Police Department located at 101 La Grange Avenue in the town of La Plata.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Queen Anne's County

 

Title Excellence of Kent Island

Title Excellence of Kent Island has provided their location in Chester as a convenient drop off location for Queen Anne's County residents. They are located at 109 Country Day Road in Chester (just of of Main Street near the Safeway Store)

 

  

 

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Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Department located at 505 Railroad Avenue in Centerville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are often asked "What should I put in a backpack?"  There are actually several ways to answer this.  The one that seems to work best is if you have or work with children.  Take your child and then imagine what they would need.  If you have a 6 year old daughter, then use this as a guideline.  What kind of backpack would she like?  What types of items would she need?  When it comes to brushing her teeth, what type of toothbrush does she use (plain or Barbie)?  Clothing can be very difficult when it comes to sizes but a rough estimate will usually work with underwear, socks, and pajamas. What kind of books does your daughter have? What are your daughter's favorite colors and smaller toys. Also keep in mind basic necessities...like a Teddy Bear and not a Wii gaming system ;)   Now, if you have a 13 year old son, what would he have?

The following chart is a list of recommended items. This list is not all inclusive and a pack does not have to include all items. You can also include other items you feel are important. Remember things should be age and gender appropriate. This list is a work in progress. We are in need of all items. This page is currently being updated so if we are missing something you believe is appropriate, please let us know.  

A few tips:

  • Each backpack is designed for each age and gender. Every little contribution helps these kids. If you want to fill an entire backpack for an age, that is great. If you just want to donate a tube of toothpaste, that too is wonderful. Do not feel obligated to purchase everything on this list. Single items are also placed in the packs. 
  • Children's development can be different, especially when it comes to abuse or neglected children. For instance, a child may be using a pacifier much later than when your child did.
  • Kids come in all shapes and sizes and this makes purchasing clothing very difficult.  Each child will need a change of clothes (or two) so if you include clothing, try to include something that is stretchy or adjustable. 
  • Remember, these packs are designed for those first 24 to 48 hours. Many travel sized items will work.  Children will obviously use some of these things past that time frame and you can purchase either travel size or full size. 
  • If you are packing your own backpack, you do not have to include everything on this list. It is important to get these items to children, however, we do not want you to break the budget doing so. If something is not included, we will add it from our donations or purchase the item to go in.  If all you want to contribute is a backpack with a toothbrush, that is fine. We'll add the rest of what needs to go in.

 BOYS

GIRLS

Infants (0-6 Months of  Age)

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Lightweight head cap
  • Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  • Teether
  • Burping Cloth
  • Pacifier
  • Nightlight

Infants (0-6 Months of  Age) 

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Blanket
  •  Lightweight head cap
  •  Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  •  Teether
  •  Burping Cloth
  •  Nightlight

Infants (6-12 Months)

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Lightweight head cap
  • Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  • Teether
  • Burping Cloth
  • Pacifier
  • Nightlight

Infants (6-12 Months of  Age) 

  •  Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  •  Baby Wipes
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  New (in package) Pacifier
  •  New (in package) Baby Bottle 
  •  Blanket
  •  Lightweight head cap
  •  Onesies (enough for two days)
  •  Baby Shampoo
  •  Diaper Cream/Rash Ointment
  •  Baby Oil or Baby Lotion
  •  Crib Blanket
  •  Baby Socks or Booties 
  •  Baby Brush or Comb
  •  Bib
  •  Teether
  •  Burping Cloth
  •  Nightlight

Toddlers (1-2 Year Old)

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Sippy Cup
  • Small Blanket
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toddler Pajamas
  • Comb
  • New (in package) Pacifier
  • Nightlight
  • Bib
  • Onesies (enough for two days)

Toddlers (1-2 Years of Age) 

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Sippy Cup
  • Small Blanket
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toddler Pajamas
  • Comb
  • New (in package) Pacifier
  • Nightlight
  • Bib
  • Onesies (enough for two days)

Toddlers (2-3 Years of Age )

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Toddler Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Small Blanket
  • Small Toy

Toddlers (2-3 Years of Age) 

  • Small Package of Age Appropriate Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Toddler Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Small Blanket
  • Small Toy

Preschoolers (3-4 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (3-4 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (4-5 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

 Preschoolers (4-5 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Children's Spoons and Forks
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Preschoolers (5-6 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

  Preschoolers (5-6 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Book
  • Hairbrush
  • Age Appropriate Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy
  • Small Blanket

Middle Childhood (6-7 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (6-7 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (7-8 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

 Middle Childhood (7-8 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas or Sleeping Attire
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Shirt & Pants (stretchy for diiferent sizes)
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Nightlight
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (8-9 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (8-9 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash/Soap
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (9-10 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

 Middle Childhood (9-10 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (10-11 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

  Middle Childhood (10-11 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Middle Childhood (11-12 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Comb
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

  Middle Childhood (11-12 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Pants (that stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Children's Shampoo
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Plush Toy or Animal
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Age Appropriate Games or Toy

Young Teens (12-13 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

Young Teens (12-13 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Young Teens (13-14 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

 Young Teens (13-14 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Young Teens (14-15 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Comb
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

  Young Teens (14-15 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Bath Puff
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

Teenagers (15-17 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Sweatpants
  • Comb
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Disposable Razor and Small Shaving Cream
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Men's Deoderant

Teenagers (15-17 Years of Age)

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirt
  • Pants (that adjust or stretch for different sizes)
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Small Package of Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Bath Puff
  • Sweatpants
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Ties
  • Age Appropriate Books
  • Sweatpants
  • Writing Journal with Pen or Pencil
  • Women's Deoderant

abused-child-with-teddy-bear When our founder, Taylor,  first entered foster care, Department of Social Services and a police officer came to his school. As he was eating lunch with friends, an  administrator came to the table and pulled him away to the office. This was the moment Taylor entered foster care. Taylor was unable to go home to retrieve any belongings. Taylor entered care with the clothing he was wearing and the school books he had with him.

While Taylor's story starts in the 1980's and there have been many great improvements since then in how the system works, one thing that has not improved is the condition of a child entering care. When these children enter care, it is normally an emergency situation and things happen very quickly. In most cases, these children have very little. To add insult to injury, the few items these children have are often thrown in trash bags. There is absolutely no reason a child's belongings should be in a trash bag. 

This is where The Blue Ribbon Project's  "Backpacks of Love" steps in to support these kids entering care on a moment's notice. 

Our Backpacks contain essential necessities for kids of all ages who are entering the system. Each backpack is designed to be gender and very age specific. These backpacks include such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, children's soap/body wash, children's shampoo, changes of clothing for the child's age, personal clothing (underwear, socks, pajamas), and age appropriate books and toys.

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