Felling Trailers will host its eleventh annual Trailer for a Cause to benefit Pockets of Hope.
"Many times, children are placed into foster care quickly," says Jen Bruzek, co-founder of the charity. "The backpacks provide the children with something to start with, to hold onto, until the foster family can go and purchase other needed items."
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Pockets of Hope provides an average of 20 items that vary depending on a child's age and gender. They can include items such as shampoo, toothpaste, pajamas, socks, a blanket, a toy or a notebook.
Felling will auction an FT-3 utility trailer. The proceeds from the winning bid will go 100% to Pockets of Hope. Past auctions have raised nearly $40,000 for nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics Minnesota, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Minnesota Fire Fire Fighters Foundation and Eagle's Healing Nest.
The auction will take place this summer.
"Every child should feel loved and cared about. Pockets of Hope's mission fulfills basic needs while giving children hope for better todays and tomorrows," says Felling Trailers President/CEO Brenda Jennissen. "I admire these women's initiative, applaud them for the impact they've made on thousands of children, and am excited tor aise awareness of and funds for their organization."
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Pockets of Hope was founded in 2014 by Lisa Schroers, Briana Sjodin and Bruzek. Since then, it has provided 2,420 children with backpacks, distributed through county social workers and the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. The group, on average, puts together and distributes 30-50 backpacks a month.
"They primarily go to Stearns County residents as that is where we are located," Bruzek says. "Backpacks go to whoever requests them. If we can meet the need and have the resources to do it, we will."