Cases For Love Collects 5,500 Suitcases For Area Foster Children

Cases For Love, a community outreach program that collected new and gently used suitcases for area foster children, has collected 5,500 suitcases!

The suitcase campaign ran from January 5 – February 14, 2015 with a goal of 1,200 suitcases. The response from the public was amazing. The community dropped off suitcases to all Sibcy Cline locations as well as Second Story Auctions in Blue Ash and University Moving and Storage in West Chester.

Sibcy Cline conference rooms were filled to their ceilings with hundreds of suitcases dropped off weekly.

How wonderful that children will now be able to move their belongings in their own suitcase. Sibcy Cline is proud and happy to have been a part of Cases For Love.

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Our Thanks
We would like to thank Julie Phillippi-Whitney of Phillippi-Whitney Communications for creating Cases For Love. It was her inspiration that got the ball rolling for this community project.

University Moving and Storage Company was also a major partner with Cases For Love and picked up and stored all of the suitcases during the campaign. Mark Bruns, President of the company, reports that the suitcases filled one and a half moving trailer trucks.

Sibcy Cline’s agents were also an integral part of the suitcase campaign. They contacted their clients, friends and family for donations. Many agents volunteered to personally pick up suitcases from people’s homes.

The local media played a very important role in Cases For Love to help get the word out. All Cincinnati television stations broadcast numerous stories about the campaign, as did WLW-Radio, the Community Press, Dayton Daily News, Hamilton Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Read a follow up story about Cases For Love here.

Read more about Cases For Love from a prior blog article here.

To Date – Over 600 Suitcases Donated For Cases For Love

Cases For Love – a community outreach program that is requesting the public to donate new or gently used suitcases for area foster children  – has reached a milestone. To date, 600 suitcases have been collected. In addition, 200 new backpacks and 387 duffel bags have also been donated. Follow Cases For Love on Facebook for the most up-to-date notifications. The goal is to collect over 1,200 suitcases.

About Cases For Love
Suitcase (backpack and duffel bag) donations are being accepted at all Sibcy Cline offices, Second Story Auctions’ warehouse in Blue Ash, as well as at University Moving and Storage Company in West Chester through February 14, 2015 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm).

Read more about this campaign here.

Media Coverage 
Most recently, the January 18, 2015 Enquirer featured a front-cover “Good News” article about Cases For Love:


Cases for Love – Community Suitcase Collection Campaign – January 5 – February 14, 2015


Do You Have a Suitcase You Can Donate To Foster Children?

Sibcy Cline Realtors is participating in a community suitcase drive campaign called Cases For Love. The public is asked to donate new or gently used suitcases, backpacks and cosmetic cases at any Sibcy Cline location or Second Story Auctions. These cases will then be distributed to local foster children. The goal is to collect over 1,200 suitcases.

This campaign runs:
January 5 – February 14, 2015
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

How Cases For Love Began
The inspiration for the Cases For Love campaign began with Julie Phillippi-Whitney of Phillippi-Whitney Communications. In August Julie watched an ABC World News Tonight program about foster children in Richmond, Virginia who had to carry their belongings in black trash bags as they moved from home to home. She says, “What really moved me was the fact that the children stated that they themselves felt like “garbage” when they carried their possessions in a trash bag as they moved into their foster homes.”

Inspired from this show, Julie contacted local social service agencies and found that over 900 foster children with Hamilton County Job and Family Services could use a suitcase. Warm Welcomes, a foster care outreach program in Butler County, also had a need for suitcases.

She then contacted Sibcy Cline Realtors to help as a drop-off location for suitcase donations. Says Pam Sibcy, Vice President of Marketing, “Sibcy Cline embraces its role as a community partner and we are very happy to participate with Cases For Love. We hope these suitcases will help ease in the transition as well as bring comfort to the children when they move to their new homes.”

University Moving and Storage Company is another local business that has partnered with this endeavor and will be in charge of collecting suitcases from the Sibcy Cline locations as well as take suitcase donations at its West Chester location. Says Mark Bruns, president, “I love partnering with wonderful people who are doing wonderful things throughout the Greater Cincinnati community, and we are more than delighted to be a part of this endeavor that will bring happiness to so many of region’s foster children.”

Local response to Cases For Love so far has been tremendous.


See a story from Channel 5/WLWT.


Channel 9/WCPO also covered the story.


Dayton Daily News published a large article in the Real Estate Plus magazine of the newspaper on January 4, 2015.