Briggs & Riley and Comfort Cases Partner Once Again for a Celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month

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Donations Provide a Comfort XL Duffle Bag to a Child Entering Foster Care

This Should Never Be a Child's Suitcase

"With the help of caring corporations like Briggs & Riley, we are reaching an even broader audience who will help out these youth in need.” - Rob Scheer, Comfort Cases founder

As part of its long-term dedication to charitable efforts, premium luggage brand Briggs & Riley announces the next phase of its partnership with Comfort Cases, an international non-profit organization with a mission to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth entering foster care. Beginning November 1, 2021, in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, Briggs &Riley will start raising funds online at Briggs-Riley.com, and with every $10 donation B&R customers make, Comfort Cases will raise much needed funds to eliminate trash bags for children entering foster care, providing them a Comfort XL duffel bag for them to store their belongings so they do not need to experience the indignity of living out of a trash bag. With Giving Tuesday on November 30, it’s an added reason to help someone in need this month.

Why a trash bag? For years, the standard practice of moving a youth into foster care was for them to be handed a trash bag to put all their belongings as they moved to different facilities. “When I entered foster care more than 40 years ago, I was given a trash bag for my things,” states Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer. “And when my first foster children came to my home, I was shocked and disappointed that they had very similar trash bags. It was then and there my husband Reece and I knew that we had to change the system, which we are ultimately doing today. With the help of caring corporations like Briggs & Riley, we are reaching an even broader audience who will help out these youth in need.”

More than 700 children enter the foster care system every day. Handing them a trash bag for their belongings continues the feeling of neglect and not mattering to the world. Since being founded in 2013, Comfort Cases has distributed more than 150,000 Comfort and Comfort XLs packed with new pajamas, hygiene kits, blankets, toys and more items, throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom,

A Comfort XL is a 32-inch duffel bag that truly replaces the need for a trash bag when a child changes homes. Social workers and police officers keep these duffel bags in the trunks of their cars so they can easily give it to the children when they’re in need.

“In May, we first partnered with Comfort Cases for our annual “A Case for Giving” program in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month and received an overwhelming response from customers eager to donate,” states Serkan Anders, Briggs & Riley’s Vice President of Marketing. “With November being Adoption Awareness Month and Giving Tuesday on November 30, we are excited to work with Comfort Cases again to continue helping them succeed with their mission of providing hope and dignity to youth in foster care, and help eliminate trash bags from the system.”

No purchase is necessary to participate in this program. Those interested can simply add a “Comfort Cases Donation” of $10 to their cart at Briggs-Riley.com, or add it to a current order.

Facts about National Adoption Awareness Month:

  • November is National Adoption Awareness Month, established to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.
  • National Adoption Awareness Month was first celebrated in 1976.
  • The median age of children entering foster care during 2019 was 6 years old.
  • According to the Administration for Children and Families, there are 400,000 children in care right now. 100,000 of those children cannot reunite with their biological families and await permanent placement.

For further details about this program, please visit http://www.briggs-riley.com or visit http://www.comfortcases.org.

About Briggs & Riley
Headquartered on Long Island, NY, Briggs & Riley is the premier international brand of luggage and business cases that are “Engineered for Reality, Guaranteed for Life.™” Owned by US Luggage, LLC, a privately owned and operated family company, Briggs & Riley and its parent company are acclaimed for innovations such as the first ever wheeled luggage, a differentiating Outsider® handle, their patented CX™ compression-expansion system, and backing every bag they make with an unconditional lifetime performance warranty, the only one of its kind in the industry. http://www.briggs-riley.com

About Comfort Cases
Comfort Cases is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. Founded in2013, Comfort Cases has distributed more than 110,000 Comfort Cases and Comfort XL duffel bags to children in the foster care system in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

In 2021, Comfort Cases was given a Global Giving All-Star designation, meaning good reporting, phenomenal mission and great response time. Comfort cases is also a gold-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating commitment to transparency.

Having grown up in foster care, Rob Scheer, the CEO of Comfort Cases travels the country to share his story, advocating for youth and share his mission. Rob and his husband Reece have adopted five children who were in the foster care system. Rob’s memoir, A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time, was published in 2018.

For more information, please visit: http://www.comfortcases.org

Media Contact:
David Thalberg
dthalberg@strykermunleygroup.com
917.952.2580

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