The supply chain crisis is causing problems for more than just holiday shoppers. Due to high demand for key items, nonprofits are also being forced to alter their plans. In an interview with a local news station, the founder of a Boerne, Texas-based non-profit called Day 1 Bags recently talked about how supply chain issues have forced him to move up donation deadlines for those interested in supporting his group.
In an interview with reporters from KSAT-TV, Day 1 Bags’ founder, Hunter Beaton, said that supply chain problems have forced him to move the charity’s deadline to the end of this month. Hunter founded Day 1 Bags to give needed supplies to foster kids who are graduating from high school. A former Eagle Scout, Beaton and his non-profit provide duffel bags full of supplies to the graduating seniors. The bags contain items that foster kids need as they begin their journey into adulthood, including toiletries, bath towels, and even bags where they can safely store important documents such as Social Security cards and birth certificates. Beaton adds that sometimes, the supply bags are the only gifts the foster kids receive upon graduation. In total, Day 1 Bags plans to provide bags to 610 kids this year.
In moving up the donation deadline from the usual February date to the end of November, Beaton hopes to be able to preorder all the items Day 1 Bags needs to make the seniors’ dreams come true. Beaton’s mission is complicated in another way, however. Flying Circle Gear, the soft luggage company that usually donates the duffel bags used by Day 1 Bags, is facing its own problems created by the supply chain crisis. The company’s CEO, Jimmy Chittim, says that materials used to make their duffel bags often come from overseas. Due to shipping delays, Chittim’s company has been unable to produce as many units as in the past. In a tour of his warehouse, Chittim shows empty shelves that are usually bursting with supplies. A frequent supplier of the Army and Air Force, Chittim regretfully tells that if the shortages continue, Flying Circle Gear will not be able to donate bags to Beaton’s non-profit.
Despite the uncertainty, Beaton remains confident that Day 1 Bags will be able to make the dreams come true for Texas’s foster kids. In addition to the new deadline giving his organization plenty of time to prepare, Beaton also points out that people who are interested can still donate money for the next several weeks on the organization’s website.