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Seeking help - carryon size suitcases for Texas foster kids

Old Mar 4, 2019, 5:18 pm
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Seeking help - carryon size suitcases for Texas foster kids

Good afternoon,
I was not able to find a specific thread on FlyerTalk specifically related to what I am looking for.

I am seeking information for a local community charity in my area (Austin, Texas). So, I am calling on my Texas residents for help

So, I am reaching out to the FlyerTalk Community for information.

I have been helping a local community charity in my area, entitled Project Care Case, where I can. Please see some references below for the local charity.

Project Care Case


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The charity recently expressed a need for carry on suit cases to provide to children and teens (babies, toddlers, young children, big children and teens) that had to be immediately displaced from their home and placed in a foster home to secure their safety. Often these children are only able to leave their former residence with a trash bag with a few items that personally belong to them. The charity would like to provide a carry on suitcase to each foster child that will be going into a new home with items donated that are their very own, and not have to travel with a trash bag.

My request from this local community charity is:
-Where can I find discounted and/or inexpensive carry on suit cases to purchase on a regular basis, as I am able to do so for children needing to transition to another residence?

-Can your recommend a site that has sales on discounted carry on luggage through out the year, and if so when?

-Is there a tread on FlyerTalk, that you can suggest or recommend, that I can contact that may have more information. It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your information, suggestions and/or recommendations.

Please feel free to privately PM me regarding my requests for information.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend,
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Old Mar 4, 2019, 8:58 pm
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When living in Dallas and in Galveston/Houston area I found that Goodwill and Salvation Army almost always sell all sorts of luggage, including rollaboard carryons at reasonable prices.

IIRC Austin has a pretty decent Goodwill, but it's been a while since I've been there.
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Old Mar 11, 2019, 4:44 am
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Good Morning EmailKid,
I plan to visit Goodwill and Salvation Army in my area. Thank you for the recommendation.

Thank you once again,
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Old May 31, 2019, 10:57 pm
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Coupla thoughts

Hi - great cause. My sugegstions, in addition to the Goodwill:
Discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls,.Burkes Outlets usually have a luggage section where they often have rollaboards, duffles and backpacks at cheap prices. It may be hit and miss but there is usually at least a few pieces that would work.
Target and Wally World usually have some low priced bags, too.
There's a Samsonite store in the San Marcos Outlet shopping center. Have you thought about approaching them for donation/discount?

Thanks for doing this!
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Old Jun 3, 2019, 3:42 pm
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As this is more of a charity/charitable cause post, I'll move this over to the FlyerTalk Cares forum.


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Old Jun 5, 2019, 8:17 am
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We are sorry, but as a family-supported mission, rather than an IRC 501(c)(3) charity, Project Care Case does not meet the guidelines established by FlyerTalk and the Flyertalk Cares! forum.

Humanity. The charity must be approved as tax exempt within your country. These include the US Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3), and charities registered with the UK Charities Commission or ATO. - link to forum guidelines in sticky thread
PROJECT: CARE CASE is a mission that my family, friends and I are dedicated to in helping provide new and age appropriate suitcases-on wheels to each child in foster care. It shall have their names permanently embedded on it. The “Care Case” shall also contain a child friendly Bible, socks, underclothing, two changes of clothing , teddy bear and a pillow/blanket of their very own. - “About us” - Project Care Case link
We will leave this as a read-only thread so anyone with an interest in this endeavor can follow up on their own. As well, a durable link has been left in the Texas forum so interested readers of that forum can find this thread.

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