Santa Monica College’s First Annual Hope Event

November 1–30, 2016


You can make a difference in the lives of children transitioning into foster care.

Please join the SMC Police Department and the SMC Management Association in our first annual Hope in a Suitcase donation drive.

All donations will go to children who are newly entering the foster care system or moving to a new foster home. Many of these children do not have the most basic items, so your donations will be greatly appreciated.


Donations can include the items below. You can also view this checklist.

Donations must be new and may include the following items for newborns thru age 5:

  • Receiving Blankets

  • Onesies

  • Pajamas

  • Baby Bibs

  • Socks and Soft Hats

  • Small Soft Stuffed Toys

  • Sweaters

  • Baby Clothing

  • Pacifiers

  • Diapers & Diaper Cream


We will also be collecting toiletry items for all ages to include the following, but not limited to:

  • Flashlights

  • Toiletry Kit (All Brand New &

  • Unopened, Large Ziploc is fine)

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  • Hairbrushes & Combs

  • Hair Accessories

  • Lip Balm

  • Deodorant

  • Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Soap & Body Wash

  • Non-Scented Lotion

  • Feminine Hygiene

Optional Extras

  • Journals (Smooth bound, no wires)

  • Personal Note (See samples from Website)

  • School Supplies

  • Small NEW Toys or Stuffed Animals

  • Coloring Books & Crayons

  • Nightlight

Note: Sharp and edible items will not be accepted. 

Drop-off Locations

  • Associated Students (Cayton Center)

  • Guardian Scholar/EOPS

  • Transfer Counseling


  • SMC Library

  • Reprographics

About Hope in a Suitcase

Read about SMC's partnership: Santa Monica College Police to Help Aid Foster Children

Without a suitcase or duffel bag of their own, many children and teens entering foster care have to carry whatever belongings they can fit into a plastic trash bag. Hope in a Suitcase is a new volunteer-driven non-profit in Los Angeles. Our mission is to provide children entering foster care with a suitcase and basic essentials to make their transition a little easier. 

You can read more about the efforts of Hope in a Suitcase at