Faultless has come alongside Children’s Mercy to sponsor its SCAN (Safety, Care & Nurturing) clinic comfort bags. These are provided to patients who may have been removed from their home and put into foster care. The clinic often sees children within 24 hours of placement in a shelter or new home. These children frequently do not have any belongings, including clothes, comforting items or toiletries.
We learned that the comfort bag itself is a sacred thing as children often move homes in the first few months in foster care. Having their own bag to carry their limited belongings can make a huge difference. Comfort bags include items like a blanket, stuffed animal, coloring book and crayons, an infant/toddler board book, journal, ear buds and a stress ball (items vary depending on the age of the child). Each year, around 500 bags are given to children in need.
This small example of giving back resonates deeply with us. It reminds us that our standards for safety, quality and comfort for the healthcare rental and linen services we provide hospitals and related facilities ultimately, and literally, touch people, often young people like those in the foster care system. We have learned a lot about this hard issue and are eager to grow awareness of and support for children’s needs in foster care.
Giving back can be transformative for the associate experience; essential for the growth and wellbeing of the people, businesses and non-profit service organizations around you; and the building blocks of the quality of life you want for you, your family and community.