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Hurricane Trauma-Relief Bags for kids 2017-2018

we are so appreciative of the incredible support we have received for this effort. Thank you for making this possible!

Major contributors to this initiative include Trans-Expedite, Association for Play Therapy, and Shenandoah Valley Project Impact. We also thank the Fruth Group, the Houseworth Family, the Niermeier Family, soma supportsBiddle and Bop, and all who contributed to this effort.

Trauma Bags included:

  • Bubbles

  • Playdough

  • Crayons

  • Pen

  • Notebook/journal

  • Flashlight

  • fidget spinner

  • Power/snack bar

  • Small stuffed animal

  • Activity book titled "Too Much Weather"

  • Pamphlet for parents/older teens with tips and suggestions

Trauma from a hurricane can cause a variety of emotional reactions in children and families:
  • Feelings of insecurity, unfairness, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, despair, worries about the future

  • Fear that another hurricane will hit them again

  • Believing myths or folklore as to the cause of the hurricane

  • Disruptive behaviors, irritability, temper tantrums, agitation, hyperactivity

  • Clinging/dependent behaviors; avoiding activities or situations

  • Physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, loss of appetite, nightmares, sleep problems

  • Increased concerns regarding the safety of family members, friends, and loved ones

  • School-based problems with decreased motivation and school performance


(The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

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