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Backpack Drive for the Homeless

DURATION

2-4 hours

WHERE

You choose the place in your community: in your neighborhood, at your school, at a local business or place of worship, or any other location that works for you

WHEN

All year long (but the end of the school year is a particularly good time!)

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)

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Homeless 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.

DESCRIPTION

Without a place to call home, many people experiencing homelessness must carry their belongings with them at all times. By collecting backpacks for Boston's homeless, 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!


ITEMS NEEDED

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)


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


NEXT STEPS

Decide when and where to hold your backpack drive and follow the instructions provided. Contact Ashley Medlar, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at amedlar@stfrancishouse.org if you have any questions or to schedule a time to drop off your donations.


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Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. Make signs and flyers letting people know that you are collecting backpacks for homeless 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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