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Empowering foster and adoptive families, valuing children since 2020.

Our team at Packing Hope is devoted to providing the necessary resources, support and hope to Boone and surrounding county foster, kinship and adoptive families. We believe that no family should feel alone on their journey, and we want to make sure that they have access to the help they need. Our welcome bags, birthday bags, meals, workshops and monthly support groups are a way of letting these families know that we are here for them every step of the way.

Packing Hope is a 501 c3 non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.

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Bags at Placement

At Packing Hope, we believe every child in foster care deserves to be welcomed into a new home with honor and dignity. That’s why we provide foster families with essential items for each child’s welcome bag, including new clothing, pajamas, a blanket, hygiene items, and a stuffed animal. Additionally, we include a book, journal, or coloring book to help them transition into their new environment. We firmly believe that no child in foster care should enter a new home empty-handed.


Packing Hope Birthday Bags

Every Child Deserves to Be Celebrated!

At Packing Hope, we believe every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday. We are thankful to work with the Boone County CASA program. Every child in our county will receive a Packing Hope birthday bag on their special day.

On their birthday they will receive a bag filled with:

Birthday supplies, cake mix, blanket, stuffed animal, book and small gift.

Packing Hope Meal Train

Taking One Thing Off Your Plate

Parenting a child from hard places can be a difficult job. At Packing Hope we want to offer resources to lighten your load, to take something off your plate, literally!

Our Packing Hope volunteers provide home cooked meals delivered to Boone County foster and adoptive families.

What is a reason to request a meal?

  • You have a new foster child

  • Your family is managing difficult behaviors

  • You are drowning with many therapies and appointments

  • It would just be nice to have one thing off your plate for a few weeks!

If you would like to request a meal for your family or a family you are working, reach out on the link above.

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Helping Families and Children in Our Community

Welcome Bags

If you are interested in packing a back pack reach out to us and we can let you know where we have needs of sizes.

Click the button below to learn what goes in a Packing Hope backpack.

Pack Birthday Bags

Want to volunteer as a group or family and make a difference in a child's life? Our birthday bag program is a fun way to do just that. Each bag is packed with love and care for children in foster care, ensuring they have a memorable birthday.

Meal Train Community

At Packing Hope, we make it easy for you to show your support to a family by providing a warm meal or sending a meal gift card. Reach out to learn more.

Amazon Wishlist

Join us in making a difference in the lives of Boone County foster children through Packing Hope. By donating to our Amazon wishlist, you can help fill welcome and birthday bags with items that will bring joy and comfort that these children deserve. Every single item counts!

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Founder/ Director/ President


Gretchen Williamson


Gretchen Williamson founded Packing Hope in the fall of 2020. Prior to her work with Packing Hope she worked as a Registered Nurse at Witham Hospital and The Heart Center of Indiana.  She is the wife to Brandon Williamson; they have 4 children (Jayden, Josiah, Ty and Jase). They are lifelong Boone County residents.


As a former foster and now adoptive mom of four amazing children, Gretchen knows the value of having the right resources, support and people by your side on your journey.


In her free time,  you're likely spot her in the stands at football games, wrestling meets or baseball games proudly playing the role of the biggest supporter of her Williamson boys. When at home, she's curled up on the couch, with her dog Teddy, reading a good book.

Board of Directors


Annette Jones

Director of Finance and Investments at Community Foundation of Boone County


Traci Melton

Foster and Adoptive parent

Rachel Terrill

Family Advisory for Football Players Health Study at Harvard University

Safe Families Family Coach

Founder of LoveWell

Kim Beyer

Kim Beyer Insurance

Mallory Jurkash

Foster Parent

Technology Integration Specialist at Park Tudor School

Audrea Racine

Attorney at Law

Taylor, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter, P.C.

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