Backpacks are on every back to school shopping list because kids want the newest designs and hot picks for back to school. However, many children barely have the financial support to attend school much less purchase even the least expensive backpack. An education is a valuable resource for all children and each child should be equipped with what they need to start school. On average, a child in middle school has five to six subjects so books and supplies become more than an armful. Backpacks have become an essential back to school item but some children are not able to afford this school supply without help from you. This year when you replace your child’s backpack, consider donating your child’s old backpack to an organization that distributes new and gently used backpacks to underprivileged children.
If you cannot find a local organization that collects donations of old backpacks, contact your local YMCA to organize an event to collect new and gently used backpacks. The YMCA may already know of families in need or of local organizations that accept donations of old backpacks. In addition, the YMCA is an excellent source because they often have scholarship programs for low-income families; therefore, organizing an event through the YMCA would ensure that donations of used backpacks would reach those who need them the most.
Another way to donate your child’s old backpack is to contact your local children’s home or women’s shelter. These organizations are always in need of generous donations and often these children need school supplies because people do not think to donate these items. Talk to other mothers in your community and organize an event to collect old backpacks that are in good condition, fill them with new school supplies and take them to the children’s home to be used for the new school year. Donating your child’s old backpack filled with new school supplies to a child in a shelter is an excellent way to donate old backpacks rather than letting them collect dust in your child’s closet.
If you cannot find a local organization that accepts donations of used backpacks, you can send your gently used backpack to one of several charities that specialize in distributing backpacks to underprivileged children. Orphan Outreach’s Mission Backpack accepts donations of gently used backpacks to give to children in orphanages around the world. Aspire. Inspire. Foundation’s Backpack Project also accepts donations of used backpacks to send to children around the world. Both organizations are non-profit and desire to uplift and equip children for a brighter future.