Project Backpack is an initiative that was formed out of the desire to provide a measure of comfort and tangible care to children who are being removed from their home and newly arriving in the foster care system.
We believe that every human life is valuable and should be treated with dignity. One simple way to communicate this to our foster children is to provide them with their very own bag filled with their very own belongings.
Home removals occur when a child’s current living situation is considered unfit and unsafe. This is not a scenario where a parent carefully packs an overnight bag and makes sure to include a favourite stuffy or special blanket. The scenario usually involves law enforcement and resistance and many times children find themselves in a foster home with only the clothes on their backs. If a child is fortunate enough to bring personal belongings, they are usually carried in a garbage bag.
We have partnered with the local Ministry of Children and Families to provide each foster child coming into care for the first time with a backpack filled with essential overnight items to help them in a vulnerable transition.
Each backpack is carefully filled by a volunteer. Items are chosen by age and gender so that a single backpack can cater best to the child who receives it. The backpacks are then delivered to the Ministry who stores them in a centrally located office where social workers can access them as needed.
By caring for these children’s immediate needs, we hope to offer love in tangible ways to those children who need it most.
If you would like to read our blog post about Project Backpack, please CLICK HERE.
Would you like to help?
If you are interested in donating supplies, please drop them off at the SBC office during office hours.
If you are interested in making a monetary donation towards backpacks and supplies, please take a moment to fill out this quick form. Thank you!