The Backpacks for Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing children in need in the Greater Boston area with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year. Backpacks for Kids was founded in 2001 by Kaitlin Murphy, Kristen Raymond, Kim Roth, and Leslie Wardwell. The organization has been led in turn by Elizabeth Allen, Eric and Sarah Bartholomae, Devon and Bailey Laidman, Charlie and Meredith Allen, and Kerrianne Brown. Noel and Ben Gridley, Aryana and Cameron Moghaddam, and their families took over at the beginning of 2017. Emma and Alex Goodness have since joined the team!
After the extreme success of the 2019 summer, providing 695 backpacks to children in need, we are now seeking donations and planning for the 2020 drive! We have started shopping for supplies and contacting service agencies. We have maintained relationships with 10 different service agencies, and they have continued to rely on our support since 2001.
Backpacks for Kids focuses on the one thing that children need in order to be successful: their education. You can help make a difference in a child's life.