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Backpack Drive for the unhoused

Duration

Multi-day

Directions

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How Often Is This Offered?

Daily

Age Range

  • K - 2nd
  • 3rd - 5th
  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required

Description

Without a place to call home, many people experiencing unhousedness must carry their belongings with them at all times. By collecting backpacks for Boston's unhoused, you help to ensure that people in need are able to safely carry their clothes, food, medications and other essential items. The end of the school year is a great time to collect old backpacks!

What's Needed To Complete

1. Computer, printer and paper to make flyers/signs 2. Large cardboard boxes or storage bins to collect donations 3. Plastic bags for transporting items (or shipping boxes, if mailing donations)

Whose Help Is Required

Class, troop, or other group of like-minded kids (some adult involvement may be required to help with planning and drop off of collected items).

Special Requirements

None

How It Makes A Difference

unhoused individuals often have to carry their belongings with them at all times. By providing sturdy backpacks in which to carry their things, you help safeguard their belongings and help preserve the dignity of people in need.

Where to Serve

In-Person/On Site

Instructions

Decide when and where to hold your backpack drive and follow the instructions provided. Contact Ashley Medlar, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at mailto:amedlar@stfrancishouse.org" target="_blank" rel="noopeneramedlar@stfrancishouse.org if you have any questions or to schedule a time to drop off your donations. 1. Make signs and flyers letting people know that you are collecting backpacks for unhoused individuals in Boston. Let them know how long you are running your collection (at least 2 or 3 weeks is suggested) and where they should bring their backpacks. Be sure to ask permission before placing donation bins in your selected location(s). Mark the bins clearly with signs telling all the details of your drive. Be sure to let people know that backpacks can be used but should be empty and in good shape. 2. Put signs where you are allowed (and be sure to ask first). Electronic flyers and social media are also great ways to get the word out. Be sure to ask family and friends to help spread the word too! 3. Periodically check your donation bins during the course of your drive and empty out, as necessary (to make more room). 4. At the end of the collection period, put the donations in plastic bags for transport. Also be sure that all backpacks are empty. If you are mailing your donations, put them in a strong shipping box. 5. Drop off or mail your donations to: St. Francis House, 39 Bolyston Street, Boston, MA 02116. *We are able to accept donations daily between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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