It’s My Very Own gives children placed in foster homes or shelters a “bag of love” containing a handmade comforter with a quilt top that Ingle described as “snuggle-sized” along with a stuffed animal, at least two toys appropriate per age group. Personal care supplies-including toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and other hair care items, and other small gifts, including flashlights, stamps and postcards, cameras and stationary and diaries. The bag itself is a reusable duffle bag that is easily packed with personal effects and reusable should a child be moved between foster homes.
“One boy was amazed to get his own toothbrush and no longer had to share. Every item in a bag means something different to every child,” Ingle said. “We want to get kids through until their foster families can provide for their needs. Sometimes families don’t know a kid is coming, and are not prepared. This is why we include these supplies.”
It’s My Very Own began as Ingle and her mother Barbara Neher independently viewed a television news report about the impact of methamphetamines on families. “Families were devastated by meth. Children had to be removed from their homes and had nothing, so I thought I could do something to help. I spoke to my mother who thought the same thing at the same time. Thanks to the Glory of God we decided to work together to do this.”
The caring spirit at It’s My Very Own spans three generations, with Ingle’s daughter Aubrianne Ingle also contributing to the effort. “It’s My Very Own gives these kids something of their very own. At meth homes, all of the kids’ things have to be destroyed due to chemical contamination. It gives the protective services worker help to make a child feel more secure. They can say ‘This is yours,’ and that’s why we call it It’s My Very Own,” said Aubrianne
Tereasa Ingle said that the organization insisted upon giving children only hand-made comforters. “We want to show kids that someone cared enough about them to make something by hand for them.”
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