Students of the Early Childhood Program at Del Mar College are making it a sweet holiday season for foster children.
This semester, interns from the program decided to work on a project to give back to the community. The interns purchased duffel bags out of their own pockets and called them “Sweet Cases”. They were purchased from Together We Rise, a California-based non-profit organization devoted to helping foster children.
The community also contributed to the Sweet Cases by donating hygiene products, blankets, toys, and much more.
“We want these children to feel confident about themselves, have a positive sense of who they are and a good sense of identity. This is beginning now in the early childhood years and trash should not be part of their identity by using a trash bag to put their belongings” Said Dr. Amy Mintz, associate professor of Child Development and Early Childhood.
Today the “Sweet Cases” were given to the Foster Angels of South Texas foundation at the college. The students resulted in receiving forty cases to give to the foundation.
“Because of the support we received both on and off campus, I think this is going to be a reoccurring project” Mintz said. “Everyone saw the need, that this really was a need for our community, so I think this is going to continue happening for us, and continue to be a service-learning project for my students.”