Backpacks For The Street

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NYC Nonprofit Gives Backpacks To Homeless

Volunteers of Backpacks For The Street pack items like first aid kits, water, socks, toothpaste and snacks into colorful backpacks and distribute them to the homeless people of New York City.

With teams of volunteers, BFTS has helped more than 52,000 unsheltered individuals by providing food and life saving services throughout the COVID pandemic.

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Meet Some Of The People We Help


FRANKIE: BIG things come in small packages. It may look like our volunteer is the giant in the photo, but the little guy in the chair is far bigger, stronger and braver than most of us could ever hope to be, refusing to allow his adversity to overtake his enormous strength to live life on his term, homeless, physically challenged or otherwise.


BRIAN: Gay, HIV+ and homeless, 32-year old Bryan is struggling on the streets unsure of how to avail of programs that provide housing and health care to people living with the virus.

We got him food, essentials and are now working on getting him on meds and connected with services to keep him healthy.


LARRY: When we first met, it was at the start of the COVID pandemic. Larry assumed we were in the same food insecure state as he was and without thinking twice offered to share his half a bagel.

Here he was with nearly anything, but offering us what little he had — at a time when food was scarce, the city was shuttered and no help was hard to come by.

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STEVIE: Barely 30, she’s been surviving on the streets having ended up homeless just after her 8 year old daughter’s death as the pandemic started.

Still she keeps hope alive, believing there’s light in the darkness and a reason for everything. Such strength for someone so young, and having suffered such a loss.

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