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Teen helps foster children get bookbags

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- What's in a name? Ask Freedom Wright.

"I became a foster child when I was 6 months," said Freedom Wright, 17.

By the time she was 4 years old, the system had moved her four times, but -- four became the charm.

"When I came to live with my family that I'm with now, I had all belongings in a garbage bag," said Freedom.

That's why Freedom started the "Free Your Mind" backpack drive at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School to collect backpacks teenagers in foster care.

"When you're in foster care, it's kind of hard because certain things aren't yours to keep. Other kids they know that pair of jeans, that pair of shoes is theirs to keep, but when you're in foster care, you don't have certain things.," said Freedom.

Helping her with the project is the women she's called mom for 13 years, Kay Wright, who loved Freedom and taught her the value of giving to others and community service through girl scouting. Freedom became a girl scout at six years old and is now at the Ambassador level in a troop with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

Freedom cane up with the idea after volunteering with the non-profit Foster Care Support Foundation in Roswell and felt strongly about collecting bookbags for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

"When children come into foster care, they come in for abuse, neglect, abandonment they don't have anything," said Rachel Ewald, Executive Director/Founder, Foster Care Support Foundation.

With the backpacks, metro Atlanta foster kids will get a sense of ownership, self-determination, something of their own -- thanks to a girl named Freedom.

"I understand that sense of always wanting to hold on to things," said Freedom.

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