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A trash bag should never be a child’s suitcase… 



Our 2023 Orangetheory Charleston fundraising goal is $5,400.  This will put 120 Comfort Cases into the hands of children entering or moving through the West Virginia foster care system.  


At Orangetheory Charleston we have the most positive and loving community that is committed to more life. This is an incredible opportunity to bring a smile to a child’s face, and to make a meaningful difference by providing hope and love to the lives of West Virginia children in crisis.

In West Virginia, there are 6,179 youth currently in foster care (DHHR Child Welfare Dashboard, as of October 30, 2023). The number of youth in foster care continues to rise year after year with West Virginia having one of the highest rates of youth in foster care in our country.

These youth, who have often been neglected and let down by the adults in their life, should not have to start their foster care journey with a sense of hopelessness and worthlessness by being handed a trash bag.

We should not ask them to carry their belongings in bags that the rest of us use for trash. Also, we should not expect them to essentially use a “stranger’s” bar of soap and toiletries on the first day they meet. Unfortunately, this is the experience of West Virginia youth in foster care every day.

Comfort Cases aims to eliminate the demoralizing practice of placing children in homes with their belongings in trash bags.

Comfort Cases is a nonprofit, founded in 2013, whose mission is to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care through Comfort, Community, Character and Compassion. They do this by providing each of the thousands of youth entering the foster care system in West Virginia with Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases are backpacks with comfort and personal care items for the first few days in which youth enter foster care. The cases are age- and gender-specific bags with the following comfort and personal care items: pajamas, blankets, socks, toiletries, journals, books, pens, coloring books, crayons, and stuffed animals.

And WE can help support this amazing effort not only through monetary donations but by coming together to pack Comfort Cases for youth in foster care in our area. This is where we can put our hands and heart towards the community effort by choosing the actual Comfort items and placing them in the backpack.

If you are interested in helping us pack Comfort Cases, please contact the studio front desk for more information. We will pack cases on December 9th at the Bridgeport studio from 12:30-1:30PM, and at the Morgantown studio from 3:30-4:30PM. On December 16th, we will pack cases at the Charleston studio from 12:30-1:30pm, and at the Barboursville studio from 3:00-4:00PM. 

Your financial donation and/or hands-on contribution is sincerely appreciated.

ABOUT Orangetheory Fitness 2023
Name Date Amount Comments
Stonewall Investors, Inc. | DBA Buffalo Wild Wings 12/11/2023 $45.14  
Rebecca Francke 12/04/2023 $52.01  
Anonymous Friend 12/03/2023 $304.29  
Martin Bernhard 12/02/2023 $2,600.00  
Kalah King 12/01/2023 $50.00  
Samantha McCarty 12/01/2023 $100.00  
Vanessa Martin 12/01/2023 $46.84  
Kellie Hansel 12/01/2023 $100.00  
Karman Skeens 12/01/2023 $104.69  
Kelly Stull 12/01/2023 $45.00  
Maria Williams 12/01/2023 $52.01  
Sydney Givens 11/30/2023 $50.00  
Paul Armentrout 11/30/2023 $100.00  
Lauren Bonar 11/30/2023 $46.79  
Cynthia Dellinger 11/30/2023 $103.71  
Anonymous Friend 11/30/2023 $51.96  
Dreama Smith 11/30/2023 $50.00  
Julie Griffith 11/30/2023 $90.00  
Greg Zornes 11/29/2023 $150.00  
Carri Yianne 11/29/2023 $51.96  
Emily Patterson 11/29/2023 $46.79  
Katie Kinder 11/29/2023 $50.00  
Judson MacCallum 11/29/2023 $50.00  
Tracy Belcher 11/29/2023 $46.79  
Rachel Farris 11/29/2023 $25.00  
Cynthia Persily 11/28/2023 $100.00  
Justin Cartmill 11/28/2023 $103.71  
Derek M Newsome 11/28/2023 $232.72  
Stacy Walker 11/27/2023 $200.00  
Adriana Ariza 11/27/2023 $52.50  
Russell King 11/25/2023 $100.00  
Andrew Jones 11/25/2023 $46.84 OTF Charleston
Mark Painter 11/24/2023 $93.37  
Gara Lacy 11/24/2023 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/22/2023 $200.00  
Sarah Gottlieb 11/17/2023 $46.70 Thanks for the opportunity to help!
Rachel Arnado 11/17/2023 $45.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/17/2023 $45.00  
Diana White 11/17/2023 $50.00  
Maria Rendinell 11/17/2023 $25.00  
  Total $5,803.82  
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