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Project Backpack

A Relief Effort for Children of Katrina

"Kids Helping Kids"

Thank You!  10,350 Backpacks Collected !


Thank you for supporting Project Backpack www.projectbackpack.org. We collected an amazing 10,350 backpacks from Greater Washington DC area children to be delivered to the children of Katrina. This was phase I. We could not have done this without the help and support of many kind and generous people.  Thank you for making the Kantor family's vision a reality for the children.


Please see the Open Creation website for additional Project Backpack information, details about Metro Washington DC phase II, and more children collecting backpacks for children across the nation...


Click here to jump to national News features


Delivery of Backpacks to Houston on ABC7 News


Carmen Levy, Project Backpack coordinator: "It's a backpack packed with love on the other end. Giving from one child to another child."
Brian, Project Backpack recipient: "I never really thought about Maryland before, but I appreciate people up there looking out for us down here."


Project Backpack has reached children in the DC Armory and children coming to Montgomery Country Public Schools. Project Backpack has been sent to children in Houston, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Meridian, Mississippi, and Little Rock, Arkansas.


Here's some photos from the 1st Project Backpack

Volunteer meeting on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005


People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.  - Franklin Delano Roosevelt


photos by Jennifer Hearn (click onto image to enlarge)


In the News & Out on the Streets:


Kids to the Rescue photo essay: Project Backpack Time For Kids September 23, 2005

Kids to the Rescue Time For Kids September 23, 2005

MA Milford mom gathers 1,000-plus backpacks for Gulf Coast Union Leader September 23, 2005

MA Oaklandvale helps victims of Katrina one backpack at a time Town Online Sept. 22, 2005

NC Enka teen donates bags full of comfort Asheville Citizen-Times September 22, 2005

VA Two Junior Girl Scouts collect backpacks for Katrina victims Connection Sept. 22, 2005

MA Williamstown pupils fill 125 backpacks North Adams Transcript Sept. 22, 2005

IL Leigh classes fill backpacks with supplies, good wishes Pioneer Press Sept. 22, 2005

IL Local Project Backpack goes nationwide Quad-City Times September 22, 2005

MI Students gather supplies for Louisiana children Daily Telegram September 22, 2005

Students send ‘backpack hugs’ to Katrina victims Canadian Jewish News Sept. 22, 2005

SC Students At Hanahan Middle School Stuffing ABC News  September 21, 2005

IA Community pulls together to help Katrina's Kids Quad-City Times September 21, 2005

CT Johnson School fills backpacks for evacuees News Times Live September 21, 2005

MA Milford family collects school supplies for Katrina victims Nashua Telegraph Sept. 21, 2005

NY JCC taking part in Operation Backpack News 10 now September 20, 2005

MI Project Backpack reaches Michigan Foundation Ann Arbor News September 18, 2005

CO Western Slope town adopts Katrina-damaged Mississippi town AP Wire Sept. 17, 2005

Project Backpack: Kids Helping Hurricane Victims National Geographic Kids Sept. 15, 2005

NE Beatrice Middle School backpacks Beatrice Daily Sun September 15, 2005

PA Troy Middle students help Katrina victims Towanda Daily Review September 15, 2005

IL Project Backpack: New Lenox woman collects items for children Herald News Sept. 15, 2005

CT Backpack Collection Extended Town Times September 15, 2005

MA Trucks filled with backpacks off to Houston Townsend Times September 14, 2005

In Katrina's wake, alumni join together Daily Princetonian September 14, 2005

OR Woman hopes to send Katrina kids new backpacks, toys KATU 2 September 14, 2005

IA Katrina school supply project needs volunteers Quad-City Times September 14, 2005

MI More efforts help Katrina victims Mlive.com September 14, 2005

Delivery of Backpacks to Houston WJLA News 7 September 13, 2005

PA Dallastown schools mobilize to help school-age hurricane victims York Daily Record Sept. 12, 2005

MA Mike FM’S “Project Backpack” Provides Relief Radio Ink September 12, 2005

Project Backpack: Children Help Katrina Victims NPR Morning Edition September 7, 2005

A Flood of Compassion After a Tragic Storm Newsweek September 19, 2005

ME Children Helping Children with Project Backpack Lincoln County News Sept. 14, 2005

Project Backpack goes national Gazette.net September 14, 2005

Project Backpack CNN September 11, 2005

"Meet a group of students who are helping hurricane victims by packing more than books into backpacks"

Finding ways to help victims Sun-Sentinel September 10, 2005

25,000 Backpacks for Hurricane Katrina's Youngest Victims eMediaWire September 9, 2005

Kids Helping Kids Survive the Effects of Katrina Voice of America September 8, 2005

Blazers plan response to Hurricane Katrina Silver Chips September 8, 2005

Connecticut's efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina Hartford Courant September 8, 2005

Kids Pitch In to Help Katrina Victims People September 7, 2005

Teddy bears to tzedakah Local Jews assisting Katrina's evacuees Washington Jewish Week 9/7/05

Residents motivated to take action Gazette.net September 7, 2005

Walt Whitman Project Backpack Photos September 9, 2005

Walt Whitman Project Backpack Photos September 8, 2005

Walt Whitman Project Backpack Photos September 7, 2005

Walt Whitman Project Backpack Photos September 6, 2005

Project Backpack Flyer

Project Backpack Across the Country

Congregation Beth El Project Backpack Photos  September 5, 2005

Helping Hurricane Victims Fox 5 News September 5, 2005

How to Help Hurricane Victims WTOP Radio 1500 September 5, 2005

Hurricane Relief: Help From Area Comes in All Forms Washington Post September 3, 2005


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