800 Back-to-School Backpacks Needed for Local Children in Need or Foster Care

Backpack. – Courtesy photo

Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity, is asking the community to donate 800 school backpacks filled with school supplies for local children in need or foster care.  Every summer, the agency, which serves almost 17,000 children and families, runs a back-to-school backpack drive for children who cannot afford school supplies. 

“Hillsides serve more families than ever before, and therefore the need for backpacks and supplies is greater than ever,” said Laura Kelso, Hillsides senior director of community resources. “Without the help of our generous community, hundreds of children won’t be able to start the school year with the needed supplies or a backpack to carry them in.”

Studies show that children do better in school when they have the needed school supplies.  One easy way for people to donate is to dovetail giving with their back-to-school shopping. “While at the store, families might consider purchasing a few extra supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks and erasers as well as some extra backpacks for kids in need,” said Kelso.

If it’s easier, donors can donate cash and Hillsides can purchase the backpacks and supplies. 

Those interested in donating backpacks and supplies to Hillsides can contact Kelso at or (323) 254-2274 ext. 11251.  Anyone wishing to donate cash toward backpacks and supplies can visit

August 5, 2019

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