Backpacks For The Street

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NYC Nonprofit Kicks Off 2023

Volunteers from Backpacks For The Street started the new year as they do every day of every year since 2018. They were going through New York City helping tens of thousands of people struggling with homelessness.

On this day, they were handing out burgers and backpacks filled with essentials, winter coats and gear, clothing and sleeping bags. They’ve given out 80,000 backpacks and $1.7 million in aid over the last five years and their New Year’s resolution is to continue to care.


Some Of The People We Help

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Above are nine of the 80,000-plus people BFTS has assisted since 2018.

John in the bottom left, for instance, is now gainfully employed for over three months, off the streets and living in a shelter, with a professionally looking backpack for work and attire thanks to us.

When Santos (middle right), a 10-year veteran, lost his nine-year-old son to Leukemia in October, we helped get him to the funeral in Philadelphia. Now we work with him weekly as he moves forward to getting into housing and back on his feet.

And 22-year-old Miguel, center, is now more than 60 days sober, after we got him into a 30-day in-patient drug and alcohol rehab; and is now living in a safe-haven shelter and preparing to start a new job.

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