The goal is to provide new or gently used luggage, duffel bags, or closeable totes for foster children. He said the organizations would also like to include care packages of toiletries, personal care items, toys and books in the bags.
The new items and activities lend a positive distraction to children already in a bad situation, with so much on their minds.
Goodwin said his office got involved in the campaign because of its aim to be "as much about preventing crime as prosecuting crime."
"With this, we're engaging the community and letting a child know there is something positive in all of this, there are people out there who care about them and want them to succeed and do something positive with their lives," he said.
It's a multi-agency partnership that includes the state Department of Health and Human Resources, Mission West Virginia, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney's Institute and the West Virginia Drug Endangered Children Task Force.
Workers will provide the bags to children as they are packing up to leave their homes.
The program is year round, but the campaign makes a push during the holidays. Goodwin and others hope that while residents are shopping for loved ones, they will also pick up something extra for the children.
"So, if you're out shopping during Black Friday or at some point this holiday season, take a moment and pick up an essential item or two to benefit a child in need," he said.
He encourages residents to take part in the campaign and to do what they can. A care package is not required. The bag itself is the most important part, he said.
Other items being requested are coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, earmuffs, socks and blankets.
Items can be dropped off during normal business hours at any regional DHHR location around the state and Children's Home Society locations.
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