National Foster Care Month: Hunter Beaton’s “Day 1 Bags”

Hunter Beaton vowed to change the way foster children felt when they had to move in or out of new foster homes.

Photographed here is Hunter Beaton and his siblings from a few years ago. (Hunter, 16, Hailey, 17, Halen, 10, Hudson, 8, and Holly, 5.)

Hunter Beaton is 18 years old and was born in Boerne, Texas. He has three adopted siblings who first came to his family’s home while they were in foster care. When Beaton saw their belongings arrive in garbage bags, as often happens in the foster care system, he vowed to change that.

What started out as an Eagle Scout project has evolved into so much more. Hunter is now a high school senior in Texas and he has set a goal of collecting 1,000 bags to be donated to kids in foster care in the month of May, which is National Foster Care Month. He wants to do this so that kids do not have to carry their belongings in garbage bags.

After learning that only six of the bags had been given away in one month when the goal was 100 at that time, Hunter realized he needed to do more. He reached out to a local bag manufacturing company that supplies bags for the military, and they gave him a supply of surplus bags for $1 each. From there, he created his own program, Hunter’s Day 1 Bags.

He then traveled throughout Texas to share his idea with the local child welfare boards that help supervise and support the work done by the state’s Child Protective Services. Now with the help of One Simple Wish and Flying Circle Gear, he has been able to almost reach his goal of 1,000 bags in the month of May. These bags help the children in foster care when they move into a new home or when they are starting school.

Since Hunter first had that vision being first-handedly involved with his siblings, he saw the importance of normalcy and what we could do to make the situation more normal for these children. Hunter’s simple goal was to provide foster children with a feeling of dignity when they arrive – which garbage bags don’t help to achieve.

“I got the idea from when I saw my adopted siblings coming into our home with nothing but a black trash bag full of their items… and one of them not having anything at all,” Hunter said. “It struck a chord with me.”

By giving foster children something tangible that they can immediately recognize as a personal belonging, they’re able to feel more confident. Their life has purpose, and is worth so much more than what a trash bag is telling them. Thank you to Hunter for beginning this incredible program!

You can read more about Hunter’s Day 1 Bags on the One Simple Wish website

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Written By: Ashley Florscher

This blog post was written by a member of the eVero Outreach team. The Outreach program aims to teach individuals with disabilities marketable job skills, and enable them to find gainful employment. To learn more about eVero Outreach, click here.