Kids hold a special place in our hearts, particularly during the holidays. That’s why the Culture of Caring committee at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore worked with Comfort Cases on December 1 to “Pack a Trolley” with backpacks, duffel bags, pajamas, and other personal items for foster kids. Baltimore’s ZBest Worldwide Transportation provided the trolley. The people of Baltimore provided the donations.

Comfort Cases is a national foster care charity whose goal is to give foster children a sense of self and dignity. Too often, kids get moved from home to home and must transport their personal belongings in a trash bag. Says Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer, “When I was in the foster care system in the 1970’s, I recall how painful it was to have all my worldly belongings stuffed into a trash bag.  It was humiliating, embarrassing and just plain awful. And I was shocked to find that when my husband and I decided to adopt children from foster care all these years later, these kids arrived to our house with trash bags too.” He made it his mission to change all that, founding the non-profit organization in 2013.

Volunteers from Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore accepted donations that ranged from the latest backpacks to dental hygiene kits and stuffed animals. Local dignitaries and players from the Baltimore Ravens were also on hand to help out, increase the visibility of the event, and, as one participant put it, “stuff that trolley!” The hotel also donated toiletries to the cause.

Once the trolley was full, it was driven to Comfort Cases headquarters in Northern Virginia, where the items were sorted and distributed to kids in need. Since its founding, Comfort Cases has distributed over 30,000 cases in 28 states including Maryland, DC, and Virginia.