KARINA'S STORY

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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This initiative wouldn't be possible with wonderful partners in the community. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us by filling out this interest form.

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We couldn’t do what we do without the efforts and help from individuals like you. Join us and sign up to volunteer to help make this community program a success.

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NON-PROFITS & EDUCATION

To help us reach our goal, we’re partnering with non-profits and education systems who have kids at the heart of their mission. Reach out to us and help us impact our community, together.

COMPANIES

We are dedicated to working and bringing together the companies in the OC region to help advance programs like these which enhance the student experience & support families in the community.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

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

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Outreach Partners

  • Ednovate Schools
  • Tiyya Foundation
  • Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Centralia School District
  • Garden Grove Unified School District
  • CASA OC
  • Big Brothers & Sisters of 
  • Higher Ground
  • Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County
  • Magnolia School District
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • Raise Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club Central Orange Coast
  • Children's Bureau
  • Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove
  • Kaleidascope OC
  • Kid Works
  • OCAPICA
  • Orange Unified School District
  • Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Samueli Academy
  • Orangewood Foundation
  • Santa Ana Unified School District
  • High School Inc. 
  • El Sol Academy
  • Think Together
  • Scholarship Prep School
  • Child Guidance Center, Inc
  • Pathways Community Services
  • American Career College
  • Project Hope Alliance
  • Charters OC & CCSA
  • Anaheim YMCA

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An annual community-based initiative that offers elementary and middle school students supplies, resources and services for a successful school year.

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