Crestwood Sunset Hills Kiwanis
Last Weeks: Project Backpack
Lynne Shrum of Project Backpack spoke to us about her organization which was founded in 1999 and as she called it is “The most successful organization nobody has heard of”. They provide a backpack filled with necessities and comfort items to children who are pulled out of their houses usually due to abuse or domestic violence. Necessities include personal care items and school supplies. Comfort items include toy or game or stuffed animal. This gives kids in crisis something that they can hold on to, something that is all theirs. They pack the backpacks at Boys Hope/Girls Hope. (Builders Club has participated in this over the years.) They provide the backpacks to police departments, the Crisis Nursery, women’s shelters. They provide 295-400 backpacks per month. They are always looking for volunteers to help pack. They would also accept items from collection drive. They are always in need of baby diapers, teen boy’s underwear, socks, stuffed animals, books. The only requirements are that it must be new (as these kids are already going through very difficult times we don’t want to treat them as second class citizens) and must fit in a backpack.