1) Select a backpack

  • New or very gently used only. No monograms, rips, dirt, stains, or broken pieces.

2) Fill it with school supplies and gifts (Choose age-neutral designs and items so that any child age 5-15 may enjoy them)

  • Select 5-10 small school supply items. Pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, folders, calculator, ruler, glue stick, markers, chalk, etc.

  • NO PAPER (notebooks, journals, folders, etc.) Paper products are too heavy to ship. We will provide the partner organization with funds to buy paper for the kids.

  • Toys and gifts: Pick 1-2 small and lightweight items for each bag, such as a stuffed toy, ball, jump rope, doll, car, etc. (No guns, no glass)

3) Include a Hope Note: A note of encouragement for the recipient child. Consider including a photo of who packed the bag.

4) Include $10 for international shipping.

5) Don’t over-pack. Although each bag will be different, we want there to be some level of consistency among the contents, so that each child gets a wonderful gift. Instead of over-packing 1, pack 2 bags.