I Am Local 6: Group making ‘Bags of Love’ for displaced children and teens

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Too often, police remove children from the only environment they’ve ever known. Now, a group is providing comfort to displaced children in special way. 

There’s pride in every stitch.

Six hands steadily stitch and tack colorful pieces of fabric. Homemaker Sue Mitchell said it’s easy, but it takes time. “This is not something we do for ourselves. This is something that we do for somebody else,” said Mitchell.

“We have to cut the material. We have to sew this top together, and then you have to sew the front and the back together. You have to press, and then we tack these,” Mitchell explained.

It’s a labor of love for the growing number of displaced children. “This is very rewarding that I am helping somebody with a blanket that they will need and call their own,” said Mary Vannerson.

Vannerson and Cathy Ray are helping Mitchell create a special item for kids removed from homes because of abuse or neglect. “They kept hearing the same thing over and over again from the kids. They would take the stuff out of the bag and say ‘You mean this is my very own?'” said Mitchell.

That’s the reason behind the name of the organization It’s My Very Own, and its Bags of Love ministry.

“I can’t imagine somebody that’s taken out of their home and being scared. They’re able to have something soft an warm to wrap around themselves, and they get to keep it,” said Mitchell

A handmade quilt is in each bag of love. The group hopes thoughts of comfort in each stitch will ease the pain of a child or teenager.

“I know someone who was taken. Don’t know if I want to say this. I can’t imagine how scared she was,” said Mitchell.

The bags also each include a stuffed animal, personal care items, and two new toys or activities for teens.

Would you like to help with bags of love? Stop by the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service Office on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m.