Unitarians Prepare Backpacks



Samantha Borngasser, Parker Scaroni and Sophia Paulson organize school supplies for the September distribution of backpacks to area schools.

September 3, 2016

Article from the Grants Pass Daily Courier:

The Homeless Backpack Project, an affinity group of the Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass, is distributing 34 backpacks* to homeless teens in Josephine County this month.

More than 80 backpacks will be distributed throughout the school year, with help from a $5,500 grant from the Cow Creek Foundation.

Each backpack contains school supplies such as binders, paper, pencils and pens, and a calculator; as well as socks, a blanket, towel, washcloth, a hygiene kit, plus a bowl, spoon, cup and snacks, rain poncho, space blanket and other items.

The backpacks are distributed to all the high school and middle schools in the Grants Pass and Three Rivers school districts plus a couple of locations where homeless teens not in school can get access, such as Joe’s Place.

“We hope that the backpacks we provide help bring some order to their lives and a little joy,” says Karen Rogers with the Unitarian church.

The public can help support the project by registering their Fred Meyer Rewards card with the backpack project or donating online through the project website,  homelessteenbackpacks.org.

In addition, any donations to the Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass marked “backpack” will go directly to the project.

The project has given out more than 400 backpacks since it began in 2011.

*Instead of the 22 backpacks listed in the article below there were requests for 34 packs, which is what were distributed this month.


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