Pack A Backpack Drive




May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity raise awareness of the experiences and needs of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system. The campaign also encourages the community to get involved and support these young people.    Youth in foster care often have few personal belongings and carry the items they do have in trash bags as they are shuffled from place to place.

  • 52% of the children and youth in the foster care system are male
  • 53% of the teens whose parents had their parental rights terminated were male.
  • Every year, approximately 30,000 young people leave the foster care system without lifelong families – most at age 18.


Pack A Backpack Drive  is our annual National Foster Care Month event.  During the month of May we will collect and distribute new and gently used backpacks & new personal hygiene items to teenage males in group homes, foster homes, and homeless shelters.



BACKPACKS NEEDED: College and sports team backpacks are great but solid, dark colors are best (in good condition only). Duffle bags, messenger bags, and knapsacks also accepted.



Toothbrush        Toothpaste           Mouthwash           Comb                  Brush

Deodorant          Soap                  Lotion                  Shaving Items       Shampoo   



Donations accepted securely through PayPal:

Mail Donations: Packaged For Success, Pack A Backpack Drive, 6801 Oak Hall Lane, #6368, Columbia, MD 21045


Since 2012, we have collected 285 backpack and luggage filled with toiletries and delivered to 12 agencies.

1. Child and Family Services Agency
2. Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
3. Howard County Department of Social Services
4. Hearts & Homes For Youth
5. DC Family and Youth Initiative
6. Aunt Hattie’s Place
7. Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center
8. A Step Closer Foundation
9. Coalition of Adoption Programs
10. KidsPeace
11. Koba Institute, Inc.
12. Creative Alternatives


Pack A Backpack 2013





1 thought on “Pack A Backpack Drive”

  1. Hi.

    I could have used this educational info this past year, as I was leading my mentor group and my independent living classes for Ho Co Dept of Soc Svcs. I am wondering if any of this print or audio material is appropriate for the teens as guides to life, etc. I am looking for something simple to pass on to them.

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