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

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.

So if you find yourself with an extra gently used backpack, find a good deal to buy a backpack or receive one you don’t need from a tradeshow, please donate it to us!

Also, for those of you in marketing and events, if you have leftover giveaways like pens, pencils or other fun items we will gladly take them off your hands! Items with logos are accepted.

How you can help:

1. Donate a gently used or new backpacks (Although we will use and accept red or blue backpacks, those colors are not preferred.)
2. $25 to fill a backpack full of school supplies (view list of contents)
3. $35 donation will purchase a backpack and the supplies to fill it
4. Donate items for inside the backpack, including key rings, pens, etc. (items with logos accepted)!

How to donate:

Drop off or mail a backpack and/or a monetary donation to:

Lynda Hall
P.O. Box 97
8 Madrone Avenue
Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

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