Bring Dignity to Children with Bags of Hope and Savinar Luggage


National Foster Care Month

Why let the kids go from home to home in plastic garbage bags when you can make the difference?

Mark Stern, who owns the Valley store of Savinar Luggage in Woodland Hills. With him is Erica Chait, a social worker with the Department of Child and Family Services. She runs the program Bags for Hope. 
Savinar Luggage Co. has partnered with
Most foster children are given a box or a trash bag when relocating.  Your donation will help a child move to a new home with dignity. 
Here’s How It Works! Donate a rolling suitcase in working condition. Receive additional SAVINGS on a new bag. Recycle your old bag and put it in the hands of a child in need!

DONATION: Savinar Luggage (Mark Stern) 6931 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Canoga Park, Calif. 91303

Luggage donations add a sense of dignity for foster children changing homes.

In 2014, social worker Erica Chait started the nonprofit Bags of Hope, a program that recycles used suitcases and gives them to children in foster care so they can have a way to take their belongings with them.

Bag of Hope Project for Summer 2021!

BHP LA is your opportunity to sponsor a day pack filled with self-care items for a youth who has faced hardships in trafficking, homelessness, or a troubled home in Los Angeles.

We’ve partnered with several LA organizations who have provided temporary housing, meals, educational and enrichment workshops, counseling, school supplies, and additional support to teens in this community.

Your hope-filled contribution helps to confirm that their greater community genuinely cares — and in a tangible way. Help us to reach our goal of sponsoring 100 teens this summer!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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