Save the Date for the Huskies With Heart Backpack Initiative, which will be held on the morning of Saturday, March 21st at the school. This year we are working with the organization, Hope in a Suitcase which serves over 3,000 Los Angeles children entering foster care.
Starting now during the holiday season, and all the way until the event, we will be collecting the following NEW items to fill NEW backpacks that will go to middle and high school age children currently in the foster care system:
- For all items, NO BLUE OR RED COLORS
- New backpacks
- New T-shirts- cool stylish shirts for both boys and girls
- New athletic shorts for both boys and girls
- New fleece blankets
- New socks
- New boxes of colored pencils
- New journals with no wires or lines to use for journaling and art.
This year, they are requesting QUALITY over QUANTITY, and would rather receive only 100 backpacks filled with quality items than 300 of things the kids won’t want to use. Remember, middle and high school-age children in Foster Care are just as (perhaps more) particular as our own children. Please pick up items that our own kids would want to wear. Stores like Target, H & M, Forever 21, Ross, and Old Navy have stylish lower cost items to choose from.
Please use the above list as a guideline. Per the instructions from Hope in a Suitcase, only items from the above categories will be accepted for donation. HOWEVER, you do not need to limit your shopping to the stores listed and/or links below. With the holidays and the end of the year sales taking place, there will be many good retail deals available that will allow for the purchase of these items at a significant discount from a variety of retail locations.
Below are some online wish lists we created on Amazon and Target for you to purchase, and all the items will be shipped directly to Debbie’s house to store for the event:
*Please note the combo packs may have blue and red backpacks within the provided assortment. That being said, the cost savings on the bulk purchase still makes this one of our best options. We will assess the shipments as they come in. Should a shipment be predominantly red and/or blue, we may wish to return it. We are happy to help with the return and replacement.
Any items that you purchase on your own can be brought to the school after the holidays to put in designated bins for collection in front of the Admin Bldg. and the ART. If you have any contacts of organizations that would want to donate in bulk, please reach out to Debbie Goldberg, our event chair at email@example.com.
Thank you so much for your participation in this event. More emails will come in the coming months on how you can do more to volunteer for this event.