Backpacks For The Street is a 501c3 public charity, and national grassroots movement to bring compassion and dignity to people living on the streets, by providing backpacks filled with life necessities, including: food, clothing, toiletries, hygiene products, gloves, emergency thermal blankets, handbooks with local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, and much more.
Since March 2018, BFTS has given out more than 1,700 backpacks, over 12,000 maxi-pads and tampons, and 8,000 Mylar blankets.
We are out on the streets every day. Homelessness doesn’t take a sick day, a holiday or a snow day. Nor do we. It is 24/7. There is always someone in need of assistance.
“We operate with one mantra: ‘a person’s circumstances does not make them any less worthy of kindness and compassion, or to be treated with dignity and respect,'” says Jeffrey Newman, co-founder of BFTS. “We know a backpack isn’t going to get them off the street, and it’s not going to cure homelessness. But it gives people hope. It lets them know they’re not invisible, and they are not alone. You can’t imagine the impact that can make.”