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The Blue Ribbon project was founded by Taylor Pyles, an adult survivor of abuse and Foster Care alumn. The Blue Ribbon Project initially started as an on-line resource for adult survivors of abuse. Over time, The Blue Ribbon Project began to grow and additional programs were added based on the needs of abused and neglected children and youth in foster care. A core value of The Blue Ribbon Project is volunteerism and the ability for members of the community to come together to make a difference in the life of an abused child. With that, The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff.
Mirah's Closet, a Foster Closet Program offered by The Blue Ribbon Project, provides FREE clothing and other essential items to children who are in foster care. We provide school uniforms, play clothes, pajamas, new underwear, outer clothing, and seasonal items such as coats and bathing suits. We also work to fill other needs of youth in foster care (such as housewares for youth aging out of the foster care system and moving out on their own). All of the items offered by Mirah's closet are mostly new items with the exception of some gently used items. Mirah's Closet provides each family a one on one, boutique-style shopping experience where the foster child has a choice in what they would like to keep.
Mirah's Closet is supported through donations from community partners, such as yourself. With The Blue Ribbon Project being a 100% Volunteer Organization, your donation goes directly back into supporting Mirah's closet. Donations made on behalf of Mirah's Closet are earmarked specifically for the program (unless you specify it can be used for other programs).
To donate to Mirah's Closet, please visit The Blue Ribbon Project's Mirah's Closet Donation Page.
To donate to the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, please visit https://www.defeatdipg.org/meet-the-kids/mirahchhabra/
When The Blue Ribbon Project was founded, one of the key principles in mind was the recognition of volunteers and their support of the community. The fight against child abuse and the support of children in our community is what we stand for. This "community effort" is a vital part of our mission and our foundation. For this reason, The Blue Ribbon Project has been established as a 100% Volunteer Organization. We need your help in being able to serve abused and neglected children in our community.
When children are removed from their home or other unsafe environment and placed into Foster Care, they lose everything that is familiar to them. They often come into care without any personal items. In 2015, The Blue Ribbon Project launched its Backpacks of Love Program to provide emergency essentials to children the moment they enter the foster care system. Our Backpacks of Love contain essential necessities for kids of all ages who are entering the system. Each backpack is designed to be gender and age specific. These backpacks include such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, children's soap/body wash, children's shampoo, changes of clothing for the child's age, personal clothing (underwear, socks, pajamas), and age appropriate books and toys.
Mirah's Closet is named in memory and honor of Mirah Chhabra. Below, is a wonderful piece written by Mirah's parents, Hanita and Mandeep Chhabra:
Mirah Sawhney Chhabra was born on January 2nd 2013 and was the light of our lives. Her name means Princess and that she was. But not in an entitled way. Rather, in a way that it was clear she was destined for amazing things.