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So where do I start? a H-U-G-E THANK YOU that barely says how appreciative I am to everyone who stepped up and contributed to the Fall 2015 Backpack Campaign!
What is the Backpack Campaign?
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children on weekends, when other resources are not available. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. Bags are packed each week and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon through the Regional Food Bank & Schools.
How did your time & contributions Make a Difference?
The BackPack Program partners with over 100 schools throughout 18 counties, serving over 3,000 children each week. Over 70,000 backpacks were distributed during the 2014-15 school year; the equivalent of over 420,000 meals distributed directly to children in need.
What happened with our Fall 2015 collection?
The goal was to collect 1,000 pounds of food and deliver it to the Regional Food Bank specifically for this program; November & early December. I am PLEASED to report that as a community coming together we collected over 1,400 pounds. These foods helped to support the Regional Food Bank’s vast effort to make certain that ALL of these kids have enough food over the winter break. They go through over 4,000 pounds of food during this time. So in short….your time, your energy, your donations all were VERY IMPORTANT!
I’m getting ready for a Spring collection. I coordinate this effort twice a year. I’ve met some of the kids that receive these backpack donations and I know firsthand how very important it is. The kids need all of us working together. So, if you didn’t get a chance to help, helped in the fall & want to help again, or you’re just learning about this campaign & want to jump in…simply send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ together we can feed these kids!
My 2016 wish is that every time we come together we ask just one more person to help and we feed more kids this year.
Who this Fall? Here are just a few of the faces that helped make this possible. And it’s important that I share who they are, because it’s never just one of us, it’s all of us working together that makes it happen.
Thank you to Capital District Pediatric Dentistry who took this on as an office project! It was great meeting everyone…
Thank you to Jill Brass who works at Fidelis and collected donations from neighbors, family & friends.
Another special shout out to Holly owner of Nuance (and my hairdresser who just opened a brand new location) who reached out to clients & neighbors…
They all came together & filled her dining room & in turn filled my car & ultimately backpacks for kids….
A shout out of thanks to very special long time friends & owners (Paula & Angie -my esthetician) of The Image Studio Salon
who reached out to their clients who dropped off items when they were in for appointments!
Thank you to my friend Cathy P. who coordinated Dance Me to support the campaign. They made it a project throughout their entire dance school. This snapshot is just one class of many that contributed.
I was touched by college housemate(Kim) that reached out, a former colleague (Joan), one of my college professors (Mary Alice), friend (Sheila), Sue B. who stormed her neighborhood for donations (and everyone I know who lives there who contributed), to Karin B. who also reached out to all of her neighbors & filled my trunk, to my own neighbors who individually filled bags & dropped them to me, my oldest son who collected from his co-workers, Melissa F. who wouldn’t let me take her picture but also reached out to friends = many warm heart moments!
Thank you to my friend Liz who runs an in-home daycare and reached out to her families!
I was so touched that the American Heart Association, who I work closely with on several activities, made this campaign an office holiday project. And, I loved that they packed their donations in AHA bags (it made me smile at pick up)!
When I went to the Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment for a pick up, not only did they fill my trunk, they filled my heart with a story from Max. Max, nephew to one of the owners, made & sold duct tape wallets to raise money & buy food for this campaign = love it!!!
So…as you can see…my car (and my heart) was filled beyond capacity on several occasions.
All of the donations were delivered to the Regional Food Bank where it was weighed, date checked, sorted & distributed.
There are many faces that made contributions that I don’t get to see or meet, but I appreciate each and every one.
At the end of the day, the kids don’t know any of us, but we are still working together in this crazy, busy world for a beautiful cause.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!