Since 2006 my family started taking service trips every other year to places like India, Cambodia, Peru and Zambia. These trips brought my family and cousins together, which bonded us in ways we didn’t expect. I saw incredible poverty on these service trips, but I was also inspired by the community spirit in the villages. Helping build a playground for a school, I also played with the kids and taught English. They were eager to learn and to be independent, and I discovered a sense of joy from being able to help make a difference. The love for their families and village made a lasting impression on me.

This made me reflect on what needs I can fulfill within my own community in Orange County, California.  So I created a goal to give away 5000 backpacks filled with school supplies for children locally. I realized that back-to-school time can be stressful for many families because there are many things that come with a new school year such as backpacks, textbooks, supplies, and even clothes which we all know can be really expensive. My wish is to contribute to the creation of communities that can make young people independent.  These backpacks will be filled with items to foster their independence. 

But backpacks are just one piece of the puzzle and after a lot of consideration I decided I wanted to bring the community together for a day of festivities so we can all bond as a community. I hope you will join us for our first event and be a part of helping youth and serving our community!

Karina’s Backpack Project is partnering with Joy of Sharing Foundation to help bring the the mission to life. Joy of Sharing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TAX ID 37-1697719). 

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The 2020 Event is cancelled as a result of COVID-19 since it is deemed a large event. Karina's Backpack Project will be working directly with the school districts and community partners which include Anaheim Elementary, Santa Ana Unified, Placentia-Yorba Linda, Nailing it, Advance Beauty College, Moving Forward Together Coalition in Garden Grove, OC United Way and more and to distribute backpacks, supplies and masks to 15,000 students and ensure they are ready for school when schools reopen.

All the schools locally have shut down and moved to remote learning for the rest of the school year. All of the students and families we serve are impacted heavily by COVID-19 and the need is greater than ever now.

We are thankful for your understanding as we make the shifts required to keep everyone healthy and safe during this time. With the need being high and our impact being greater, we hope you will support us by donating as we help support the students.




This initiative wouldn't be possible with wonderful partners in the community. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email us at projectbackpackoc@gmail.com


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We partner with government officials to highlight the importance of supporting our youth & make an impact in the community, together.

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