Our Mission

Each year we collect new/gently used backpacks plus $25 donations to fill each backpack full of school supplies. We then provide them to homeless/low income children through our partners: Rebele Family Shelter, Homeless Services Center, Sunburst ProjectWalnut Avenue Women’s Shelter, Elm Street Mission, Harbor Light Church and Barrios Unidos.


Last Year

Last year, through the generosity of many companies and individuals, we were able to pack and deliver 703 backpacks among these non-profits to ensure families in crisis throughout Santa Cruz County had school supplies for their children. We hope to collect and provide 750 backpacks in 2015.


How you can help

  1. Donate a gently used or new backpack (Although we will use and accept red or blue backpacks, those colors are not preferred.)
  2. OR $25 to fill a backpack full of school supplies
  3. OR Donate items for inside the backpack, including key rings, pens, etc. (items with logos accepted)!

ALL ABOUT THE SMILES!

How to Donate

Drop off or mail a backpack and/or a donation to: Lynda Hall, P.O. Box 97, 8 Madrone Avenue, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

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We receive .05% donation of total sales each quarter.

Drop Off Locations

True Olive Connection
106 Lincoln Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-6457
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True Olive Connection
7960 Soquel Avenue
Suite C
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 612-6932
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Deluxe Foods of Aptos
783 Rio Del Mar Blvd.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-7442
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Scotts Valley Market
14 Victor Square
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-4324
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Felton Nails
6265 Graham Hill Rd
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-5464
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Why We Do This

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Fundraising Progress

Backpacks - Goal is 750
15%
Funds Raised - Goal is 19,000
39%