In 2014, social worker Erica Chait started the nonprofit Bags of Hope, a program that recycles used suitcases and gives them to children in foster care so they can have a way to take their belongings with them.

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People Making A Difference: Amy King, Pallet CEO And FounderEvery night, hundreds of thousands of people across America find themselves without a place to call home. Tonight's People Making A Difference takes a look at one company that's changing the way we help and house our homeless neighbors.
People Making A Difference: Las Fotos Project Inspires Teen Girls Through PhotographyFounded in 2010, Las Fotos Project aims to elevate the voices of young women by teaching them how to showcase their individual personalities through their art.
People Making A Difference: Isabella Dominguez Beats The Odds To Achieve Her GoalsIsabella Dominguez was born with Down Syndrome and is on the autism spectrum, but she doesn't let any of that get in the way of achieving her goals.
TikToker Jesus Morales Has Given More Than $96K To SoCal Street VendorsIn less than one year, Jesus Morales has handed out more than $96,000 to SoCal street vendors.
People Making A Difference: The Knitting MachineCecile Nohadani, 90, has spun her love of knitting into a gift for service members. Her daughter Leila Colgan says that for the last 20 years Nohadani has been turning out at least 10 scarves a week and insists on covering all the costs.
People Making A Difference: Bags Of HopeIn 2014, social worker Erica Chait started the nonprofit Bags of Hope, a program that recycles used suitcases and gives them to children in foster care so they can have a way to take their belongings with them.
People Making A Difference: Every Day ActionFrom stacks of gourmet meals to cars filled with snacks, Every Day Action is taking an age-old problem on Hollywood film sets and turning it into a way to give back at a time when people need it most.
People Making A Difference: I Did Something Good TodayThe I Did Something Good Today Foundation aims to address social isolation as well as health and housing issues for seniors.
People Making A Difference: The David Labkovski ProjectArt has the ability to spark conversations, and the David Labkovski Project is using the artist's history, paintings and sketches to advance knowledge of the Holocaust.
People Making A Difference: Hang Out Do GoodOver the last year, and with the help of the Hollywood Food Coalition, Hang Out Do Good has provided more than 240,000 lunches to Angelenos experiencing homelessness.
People Making A Difference: Kidney For DebraDebra Starr-Knecht was diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney failure last year. Now, she and her husband make the drive from their Altadena home to the 405 freeway overpass in West Los Angeles in hopes of not only finding a match, but also raising awareness of organ donation.
People Making A Difference: The Rheuben Allen Music Education FoundationThe Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation donates musical instruments to aspiring musicians. "In the last three, four years, we've given over 500 instruments to young people to learn to play," Rheuben, a Torrance-based clarinet player, sax designer and music philanthropist, says.
People Making A Difference: Chester Washington Golf CourseSince 1953, Chester Washington Golf Course has been giving African Americans a place to tee up in South Los Angeles. But the lush green isn't just another track of 18 holes, it's a historical landmark and an integral part of the community.
People Making A Difference: Mobile Groomer, Local Rescue Team Up To Get Dogs AdoptedBarkbus, a mobile grooming service, has teamed up with a West Hills rescue in an effort to give pups a better chance at finding a forever home.
People Making A Difference: The Art Of ElysiumFrom fashion and film to movement and music, art comes in many different forms and can reach people in infinite ways. And one nonprofit it tapping into those outlets of expression to help those in need.
People Making A Difference: VITA Free Tax PreparationFiling a tax return and taking advantage of all the breaks can be tough, especially for those who cannot afford professional help. But one group of local accounting students is hoping to change that.
Cedars Relief Effort Sending Medical Supplies To Beirut Blast VictimsSix months ago, Beirut was leveled after a large amount of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port, pushing an already struggling country even closer to the brink of collapse.
People Making A Difference: Victorio'sVictorio's has been a staple in the North Hollywood community for more than 50 years. The restaurant's owner, Robert Sandoval, says that the restaurant has always given back to the community, and even though the eatery is struggling in the wake of the pandemic, he still finds a way to feed those in need.
People Making A Difference: Thousand Oaks Woman Starts Online Community Group During PandemicJoanne Hughes-Koenig had always hoped to live in a close-knit community. But when the pandemic hit, community connection became even more important, which is why she created an online forum to safely connect with her neighbors.
People Making A Difference: Best Friends Animal Society In Los AngelesMeet David Glazer, a volunteer at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills. Glazer helps support the full-service animal welfare organization find animals forever homes.
William Burrows, OC Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer, Nominated For National AwardThere are many ways people can make a difference in their communities, and for William D. Burrows that means mentoring children, and now he's being recognized for his efforts
People Making A Difference: High Schoolers Seek To Make Hospital Stays More Comfortable For KidsFrom the poking and prodding to the strange rooms and unfamiliar sounds, hospital stays are never fun — especially for children — which is why two high school students are working to make the experience more comfortable.
People Making A Difference: Nicolas Pinedo Of Boyle HeightsNicolas Pinedo didn't have much in the first few weeks of the pandemic, but he had time, a truck and a desire to help those in need.
People Making A Difference: Village For VetsFrom post-traumatic stress disorder and poverty to hunger and homelessness, far too many veterans are in need of help in the greater Los Angeles area — help that local nonprofit Village for Vets is hoping to provide.

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