Members of Greenville’s 90 Degrees Yoga Studio have begun 2018 with the practice of the yogic philosophy principal of bhakti. Whether on the mat in a yoga pose or off the mat out in life, the work of bhakti–supporting others through service and devotion, is a fundamental of yoga. In support of the Carry On program of Greenville based non-profit Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), members at 90 Degrees Yoga held a luggage drive through the holiday season.
From trash bags to luggage: Trash bags often carry a child’s belongings to their new foster home or facility. Children who have been removed from their homes experience trauma, anxiety, and loss. Emotions and behaviors are in roller coaster mode. The roadmap is uncertain.
Suitcases provided through FGI are a simple yet meaningful way to give dignity to these hurting children. Luggage is carried in the vehicles of South Carolina Department of Social Services representatives who transport children to foster placements. The need for suit cases and dufflebags throughout the year is greater than the amount donated, but Carry On is growing in its reach.
Seeing results one suitcase at a time: FGI CEO David White remains positive and driven in efforts to improve the lives of children in foster care. White explains, “Four years after its launch, the Carry On program is producing effective change and building hope during difficult transitions. We are receiving feedback from foster parents and case workers that children are transitioning from home to home with suitcases and dufflebags in hand. The program is taking hold, growing and making a difference in kid’s lives.”