Through our 4th Annual Backpacks for Hope Program, we were able to provide over 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to children with a family member battling cancer, to get them ready for the start of the new school year.
At Bringing Hope Home, we know that when a family is diagnosed with cancer, their whole world changes. Many families do not have the financial means to purchase school supplies for their kids heading back to school and others are not feeling well enough to get to the store and shop for books, pencils, crayons, etc. This program allowed us to bring backpacks filled with supplies right to each family’s hospital for their children, so they did not need to worry about shopping.
This program would not have been possible without the support of our friends at Office Depot, who generously donated all of the school supplies that filled the bags. Office Depot’s team also joined us for a Backpack Packing Party at Hope Headquarters to fill all of the bags and helped deliver the bags to our hospitals.
“We are so thankful to be a part of this program each year. BHH is truly an organization like no other. It makes my heart so warm to know these kids are having a great first day of school in a very challenging time in life.” -Christine Maguire, Office Depot
We also could not have done it without our Hope Squad, who came out in full force to donate new school backpacks for our families. Through donations made by our supporters, we were also able to include a $10 Target gift card in each bag as well, so that families could buy a back to school outfit or anything additional they needed.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this program possible. Please see below for some additional thank you notes we received. You can check out the full album of photos here.
“We can’t thank you guys enough for the backpacks, as it is one less thing that we had to worry about getting them for school. Your organization has helped our family so much over these past 4 years through our cancer journey. We truly feel like you are part of our family ❤ With love in my heart, Sebrina.” – BHH Family
“One of my families picked up the backpacks and the kids were so excited. The family said it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for them. What an amazing program!” -Aimee, Social Worker at Grandview Hospital
“I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your organization for your very generous and thoughtful donation of the very cute book bag stuffed full of school supplies and even a Target gift card. You have no idea how much your gift has helped our family during this challenging time. Thank you for helping relieve some of the stress and burden that comes this time of year. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts <3” -Rachel, Nick and Presley, BHH Family
“How can I thank you and Office Depot enough for the assistance?! It is amazing; I have already given out some of my bags and the recipients are so grateful 🙂 ” -Kara, Social Worker at Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia, and Nazareth Hospitals
“Thank you again so much for facilitating the backpack program for our families. It truly means so much to them to be able to have something special for their children/grandchildren as they enter the new school year. As always, it is wonderful to work with your organization. You put a smile on our faces as well as our patients’ faces and you remind us that there are many people out there that care and want to make this difficult experience better for folks.” -Jenny, Social Worker at Pennsylvania Hospital