What is a Sweet Case?

When children enter foster care there is a common practice in which children are given trash bags to move their belongings. This heart wrenching gesture makes children feel disposable during one of the most difficult moments in their young lives. Together We Rise created the Sweet Case duffle bag program to show children in foster care that they are seen, supported, and loved.

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What’s included in my
Sweet Case Virtual Service Project

Poly Bag
and Return Label

Sweet Case
Decoration Panel

Fabric Pastels

Decorating Stencils


How Do Sweet Cases Help
Children in Foster Care?

Sweet Case duffle bags are given to children as they enter foster care or are transitioning into a new placement or forever home. Each Sweet Case duffle bag has a detachable custom panel that is decorated with encouraging statements and fun images. We pack these suitcases with new comfort and hygiene items. Regardless of whether the child enters foster care with only the clothing on their backs or they have time to gather their belongings, every child is given a dignified way to transition and move into a new home. Kids are not trash, period.

Sweet Case items


3 Easy Steps to Helping
Kids in Foster Care

Decorate your items

Decorate your velcro panel using the included fabric pastels and stencils. Feel free to get creative!

Pack up your completed items

Place your completed panel inside the extra poly bag, remove the adhesive strip to seal the bag, and attach the prepaid return label on the outside of the poly bag.

Ship them out

Now you’re ready to ship! You can drop off your bag at any US Post Office, approved postal provider, collection box or leave it in your mailbox for your mail carrier!

Ready to Start?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Sweet Case?

A Sweet Case is a blue duffel bag filled with a teddy bear, blanket, crayons, coloring book, and a hygiene kit. Sweet Cases are geared towards children 10 and under, offering beautiful handmade designs. The custom details aim to uplift youth and remind children in foster care that they matter.

Are There Options for Teens?

Yes! To help teens transition into their new placements in foster care, we offer Teen Duffle bags. Unlike the Sweet Case, a Teen Duffle is a discrete, understated black bag. Featuring an embroidered Together We Rise logo on the corner of each duffle bag, we remind teens in foster care that they will rise up to the great future ahead of them.

Where do Sweet Cases go?

Sweet Case duffle bags are sponsored by our supporters. We redistribute them to children in foster care through our foster agency partners or directly to foster families requesting them for their children.

Who can Receive a Sweet Case?

Sweet Case duffle bags are designed specifically for children 10 and under. However, if a child wants a Sweet Case, we are happy to provide one for anyone in foster care. For children over 10, Teen Duffles are a great alternative.

How Much of My Donation Goes Towards Supporting Sweet Cases?

92% of all donations go directly towards the sponsored program. Together We Rise is committed to ensuring that your support is directly reaching children in foster care nationwide. For more insight on our financials, please review our financial documents here.

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