May 11, 2013 6:33 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Santa Maria leadership organization helps local foster kids

The 2013 class of The Leadership of Santa Maria Valley organization hosted its "Go-Bags Santa Maria" event Saturday.

The goal of the event was to raise awareness about the Santa Barbara County Foster Care Program, as well as collect supplies and raise funds to provide social services to local families.

The leadership group packed and donated hundreds of bags for local foster kids. The idea behind the bags is to make the transition a little easier for kids who are taken from their homes and put into foster care.

"We have journals, pens, pencils, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, sleep wear. The basic things a child would need, if and when, they are removed from their home," said Emma Duncan, the Training Coordinator for Santa Barbara County Social Services.

Today's event was the class project for the 2013 class of the leadership organization.

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