On Friday, Nov. 20, a Lexington man donated numerous pieces of luggage to the Grayson County Cabinet for Health and Family Services for foster and adopted children to move their belongings.
71-year-old Don Pratt was a foster parent for over 30 years to 65 girls or boys, but as he has grown older, he is no longer able to serve as a foster parent.
Despite this, Pratt still seeks to assist through his luggage program, for which he collects new and used donated luggage to be given to adopted and foster children, whom might otherwise have to use garbage bags to move their belongings.
“I get suitcases from all over the state,” said Pratt, adding that, in the 15 years he has operated his luggage program, he has delivered to 77 of the 120 counties in Kentucky.
“I’m probably the only one in the nation doing it this consistently for this long,” he said. “This is a win-win situation.”
Pratt continuously accepts donations of luggage and also assists with luggage collection drives held by businesses and organizations throughout the state.
One such luggage drive led to the collection of over 70 pieces of luggage, he said.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation or request assistance with a luggage collection drive is encouraged to contact Pratt by phone at 859-552-2235 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I will gladly pick up luggage,” Pratt said.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.