$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

The $20 Backpack for the Homeless Campaign

The $20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

by thejohnblog

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

Based on a popular viral video, detailing how to put together a backpack chock full of supplies for the homeless for only 20 bucks, I raised $440 to make as many as possible.

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

With donations in hand, we printed the list provided on the video, and my friend Kris took me to use her Sam’s Club card. We only deviated from the list suggesting razors for safety concerns and changed it to individual packets of OTC pain meds.

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

Walmart was next to get a few things we couldn’t find or need in bulk at Sam’s. the list provided is actually really accurate on pricing when you break it all down!

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

I made a phone call in advance to thrift stores in the area telling them what our goal was and got some big discounts on backpacks! just a quick run through the washing machine is recommended though. Most thrift stores will merely “sanitize” product like this before putting on the shelf for purchase.

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

Warm beanies donated by an amazing blogger in Germany by the name of @darrcian helped us stretch the money!

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

Time to sort and organize before packing these up!

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

My kiddos and friends of my kiddos were more than happy to help. I organized a packing get together and provided sandwiches. Free food is a great motivator. 🙂

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

hand towels, clean socks, gloves and toilet paper fit nicely in quart freezer bags to make for more room. Also, a great way to keep ’em dry if any water bottles or juice boxes burst.

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

Thanks to help from friends, and generous donations of $440, we put together 22 backpacks fully stocked, with close to $60 left!

$20 Backpack for the homeless campaign

On Saturday morning, we headed out into areas of downtown Dallas known for it’s homeless population.

Absolutely great work! Inspiring! 🙂


 

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