About PECAA Gives:

After a site visit to New Orleans in 2016, our Events Team approached PECAA with an idea… let’s find a way to leave our “footprint” in the cities that welcome us each year – and PECAA Gives was officially born! Many of you were there when we “paraded” through sheets of rain in the streets of New Orleans, led by our first PECAA Gives recipient, the Edna Karr Marching Band. Since that time, our Members and Vendor Partners have donated over $135,000 to local groups and foundations in need.


2023 Beneficiary: My Bag My Story

To continue the tradition of creating positive change, after careful consideration, we have selected a special non-profit organization that truly makes a difference – My Bag My Story.

Most people don’t realize that children in foster care often travel with nothing more than a trash bag to hold their belongings. We’re here to change that – one bag, and one person at a time.

My Bag My Story is on a mission to improve the lives of children in foster care, elevating their sense of dignity and self-worth.

To make a donation prior to the Annual Meeting, visit mybagmystory.com and click the Donate Now! button to visit their PayPal donation site. When making a donation, please type PECAA Gives in the notes section.

About My Bag My Story:

My Bag My Story Founder Cara Finger has dedicated her life’s work to raising awareness about the foster care and adoption system. Surprised and saddened by the frequent practice of foster children transporting their belongings in trash bags, Cara was moved to #EndTheTrashBag. Cara called on local designers and manufacturers to create a product anyone would be proud to carry.

Disappointed by the scarce secondhand luggage donations and limited resources available to foster families, Cara called on talented local designers and manufacturers to create a product anyone would be proud to carry. Together with the overwhelming support and creativity from the foster care community, Cara founded My Bag My Story.

For every bag purchased, one bag is donated to a foster child in need. My Bag My Story partners with local churches, businesses, and organizations to place the bags into the hands of 8,000+ children in the foster care system across Tennessee.

We are raising hope and awareness one bag and one child at a time.

Since its inception, My Bag My Story has given over 1,000 bags to children in foster care.
With the help of our community, partners and generous donors, it is our goal to donate 1,000 bags in 2023.

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