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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2020 Backpacks Giveaway Recap

The 2020 Signature event was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 since it is deemed a large event. Karina and the Karina's Backpack Project Team worked directly with the school districts and community partners to distribute backpacks, supplies and masks safely to 15,000 students and ensure they are ready for school when schools reopen.

Thanks to the following partners who helped support our distribution this year:

  • Dreams for Schools
  • Santa Ana Unified School District
  • YMCA Anaheim
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach
  • El Sol Science and Arts Academy of Santa Ana
  • Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • Boyle Heights/South LA Communities
  • Advance Beauty College in Garden Grove
  • The MovingForwardTogether Coalition
  • Suja Juice
  • Cal Optima
  • Skyview School
  • West Coast Warehouse
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Higher Ground
  • Tiyya Foundation
  • Skyview Elementary
  • Ednovate School
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County

We are thankful for all of 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.

2020 Holiday Drive by Karina's Backpack Project

Helping bring joy to kids during the holiday season!
We're working with 3 different partners to provide gifts for 1000 children this holiday season!

We're excited to be partnering with Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove, Families Forward and the MIgrant Education Program OC & SD.

Help purchase a gift for a child from our Amazon Registry at before December 5 or Donate directly to support the project at:

All gifts will be wrapped by the Karina's Backpack Team, Family & Friends!

Gifts will be distributed with partners in Garden Grove directly with kids & families!




This initiative wouldn't be possible with wonderful partners in the community. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email us at [email protected]


We couldn’t do what we do without the efforts and help from individuals. Volunteer with us to help make this community program a success.



We partner with non-profits and education systems who have kids at the heart of their mission. Reach out to us and let's impact our community, together.


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


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

Thanks to our 2019 Event Partners


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