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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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