Why Backpacks?

Children are usually placed into the foster care system completely empty-handed.

After this, only a mere trash bag is typically provided for the children to carry around what few belongings they may accumulate from placement to placement. This issue drives CARE-fully Packed's mission of giving children a brand-new backpack filled with

brand-new essentials in hope of providing some comfort and dignity to the children during this difficult time in their life. We also seek to expel the common perception children in foster care often have of being forgotten, alone, and unloved by using the backpacks to express that they are remembered, supported, and loved by their whole community. 

Every backpack is specifically packed according to the child's age and gender. The categories are:

Baby (0-3)

  • Backpack

  • Baby Bath Kit (Travel Size Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Shampoo, Lotion, Brush, Comb, Mini Rubber Duck, Key Ring Rattle Toy, and Baby Bath Guide)

  • Baby Blanket

  • Pacifiers

  • Diapers

  • Wipeys

Younger Boy (4-9)

  • Backpack

  • School Supplies (Journal, Folder, Pencil Bag, Pencils, Sharpener, Pens, Eraser, Ruler, Glue Stick, and Crayons)

  • Large Blanket

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste 

  • Combs

  • Stuffed Animal

Younger Girl (4-9)

  • Backpack

  • School Supplies (Journal, Folder, Pencil Bag, Pencils, Sharpener, Pens, Eraser, Ruler, Glue Stick, and Crayons)

  • Large Blanket

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste 

  • Combs

  • Stuffed Animal

Older Girl (10+)

  • Backpack

  • School Supplies (Journal, Folder, Pencil Bag, Pencils, Sharpener, Pens, Eraser, Ruler, Glue Stick, and Crayons)

  • Hygiene Kit & Pads (Travel Size Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Deodorant, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, and Comb)

  • Large Blanket

  • Book (The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)

Older Boy (10+)

  • Backpack

  • School Supplies (Journal, Folder, Pencil Bag, Pencils, Sharpener, Pens, Eraser, Ruler, Glue Stick, and Crayons)

  • Hygiene Kit (Travel Size Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Deodorant, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, and Comb)

  • Large Blanket

  • Book (The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)