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  Hope...when there is none.

We hate the thought of it, but it seems children of all ages are often taken from their homes to protect them  from abuse, drugs, or violence. They leave with nothing but with nothingother than what they are wearing.

Caring...to take the time.

When they leave in a hurry, they don’t have the time to think how long they will be gone, or if they will ever return. Often, they leave with the clothing they have on, and maybe or maybe not a jacket, and they leave the rest behind. It would be nice to have something when they arrived at their new location.


Difference...made one child at a time.

You can help kids in that situation. Depending on the age of a child, a backpack with the appropriate care needs can be ready and waiting. It really helps in those crucial first moments when trying to cope with that crisis situation, no matter how long it takes.

                                                         Click the icon for Emergency Backpack Order Forms:               

Ways You Can Make a Difference - Take These Simple Steps: 

Ask your club to participate in the Backpack for Kids in Crisis program.

Order the number of backpacks your club chooses to fill and give away by using the form on the back of this brochure. Send your order, with a check for $4 per backpack  to the person and address on your form for your state.

Buy supplies to fill the backpacks .

Some members may want to go out and buy their own supplies and fill bags. A lot of supplies are purchased at "dollar-type stores to get more supplies for the money. Dentists might be a good source for tooth brushes and tooth-paste either at a low cost or free. Some merchants may be willing to donate some things. We suggest filling packs for children from birth to age 18.

Items you may want to put into a backpack .

Here's a list of items agencies have told us are great for the bags: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath soap, wash clothes, towels, hair care items, small toys, games, playing cards, books, small blankets, pencils, pens, paper, colors, markers, socks, mittens and underwear.  You get the idea - just about anything a child might need if they have had to leave home with almost nothing.

 

Putting the items together.

Get a group together to fill the back-packs . It has worked great for some clubs to do the job together at a Kiwanis meeting substituting this project for a program for that day. It's a good idea to provide packs for a variety of ages and genders. Also mark them such as "under age 4 girl" or"teenage boy," for example.

Getting the backpack to the child.

Choose an agency that serves children that can use the gifts of backpacks. If you need the name of an agency, look in the phone book or call Human Services in your area. You may want to call them even before you buy the items to ask their greatest area of need, babies, young children or teenagers, 

Thoroughly enjoy this project. Many Kiwanis clubs that have done it find this to be one of the most rewarding projects they have ever done.