SUMMER INITIATIVE

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACKS

May 8th - September 1st

THE NEED

Being prepared for school impacts a child’s ability to fully embrace their education. If a child doesn’t have a backpack or the proper school supplies to succeed, this can lead to struggles with self-esteem, academic performance, and attendance. This is a very prevalent and unfortunate reality for the many children experiencing economic insecurity, poverty, and homelessness in America.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Organize a back-to-school supply drive for children in your community! FOCUS North America will provide you with the resources and support you need to serve a group of children through a local school or organization. 

ORGANIZE A LOCAL

SUPPLY DRIVE

We can help equip you with everything you need to support students going back to school in your local area.

There are TWO WAYS to do a Supply Drive:

Backpacks Only

For a small cost ($10 for an empty backpack), FOCUS can provide you with empty backpacks, connect you with a local school or school district, and provide a list of needed school supplies. With these resources, you finish the project on the ground by collecting items to fill each backpack and give them to children in need in your local area.

Backpacks + Supply Kits

If you would like to bulk-purchase school supply items instead of collecting them, we can send you backpacks + school supply kits ($25 per backpack + supply kit) directly to your parish, where you can organize a packing party, and then give the filled backpacks to children who need them before the school year begins!

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Local Fundraising for your Backpacks

After you order your backpacks, you can engage your parish or community in supporting the project.  One great option is to have individuals or families donate the cost of one or more backpacks or backpacks + supply kits, depending on what you ordered.

All donations towards your order should be collected locally and donated in one lump sum to FOCUS NA.  Individuals should not give directly to FOCUS NA for this initiative.

If you only paid the deposit when you ordered, use this link to complete your payment, or mail the remaining payment to:

FOCUS NORTH AMERICA
Back to School Backpacks
PO BOX 645039
PITTSBURGH, PA 15264-5039
memo line: your parish or group name

FOR INQUIRIES OR QUESTIONS:

Please email eayoub@focusna.org