How it Started
Lauren’s Luggage was brought to
life by our nine year old daughter Lauren in 2012 when a devastating fire
happened at our home in which we lost most everything. An odd thing happened in the aftermath as
reality hit fast and hard. Life was
forever changed and for at least the immediate future as it related to Lauren,
and her three older brothers Dustin fifteen, Bryce thirteen, and Ryan thirteen,
everything was completely out of the norm.
What did not occur to us at the instant in everything lost was their
sense of security, normal, and safety.
None of these things were tied to lines on an insurance claim form, or
something that could be instantly returned.
Funny the answer did not come from an adult, website, or the obvious;
being that the kids were not “little” I as well as others overlooked the most
basic item: A blanket. The thing that each child had kept for years
on their beds even if they would not admit it, having come from somewhere, yet till that day of the fire I had never really
thought how much comfort and “normal” it brought to each one of the children.
Taken for granted, if you will, the small things, a simple everyday item not
given its due. It was over the next few
days watching the kids fight over blankets at the hotel, and each wanting their
own, that the bulb went off “BLANKETS”.
So, I asked for blankets for the kids, and we got them and
even some extras, plus stuffed animals. Lauren remarked that “we could save
them for other kids after fires” so with that simple remark Lauren’s Luggage
was started. Over the following weeks as extras were gotten of things they were
set aside, not sure how or when or even where this entire idea was going to
take root. The idea was talked over with
friends and family that there were things that we as adults could have used
that we would have never thought of just after the fire like luggage and other
basics. So, making a basic package and
helping the entire family seemed like a great idea.
We are just beginning and anticipate that there is a lot to
learn. Lauren has put her heart into this and truly
cares about each package she puts together.
As a nine year old she is dealing with her loss, we as her parents are
thrilled to see that Lauren has chosen to make something positive come from her
loss. So, enjoy your luggage, know it was packed from the heart and from a
little girl who truly does understand what you are going through. Follow her
and what she is doing with Lauren’s Luggage on Facebook.