BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACKS
Being prepared for school contributes to a child’s ability to fully embrace their education. Missing school because you don’t have a backpack or even a pair of shoes is the reality for many children experiencing homelessness and poverty in America. They are forced to skip school, unable to participate in sports and playground activities, and face health risks because of inadequate shoes, food, or school supplies.
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
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:
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!
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 please be collected locally and donated in one lump sum to FOCUS NA. Individuals should not give directly to FOCUS NA.
You can give a donation to FOCUS NA on our website, or you can mail your donation to:
FOCUS NORTH AMERICA
Back to School Backpacks
PO BOX 645039
PITTSBURGH, PA 15264-5039
memo line: your parish or group name