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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EVENT DAY

Karina's Backpack Project is an annual community-based event that offers elementary and middle school students supplies, resources and services for a successful school year.  We believe in the future of our youth and want to encourage them to succeed in their new school year! Kids & families come on the day of the event to receive their backpacks, enjoy activities, food, live entertainment, haircuts, groceries for families and more!

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  • Date: August 4, 2019
  • Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
  • Time: 10AM to 4PM

How can I get a backpack?

We are partnering with the local organizations that serve kids & families along with schools to help us identify the highest need students and bring together the 1st year goal of 5000 students to receive backpacks and school supplies! 

If you are an organization that would like to have your students included, please email us at projectbackpackoc@gmail.com and we'll reach out to you. 

VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Karina’s Backpack Project. We’ll need your help in making the event a grand success! Whether you are a company who's interested in engaging your employees or an individual or family looking to volunteer, we need your help! 

Important Dates for Volunteering:

July 20 - Backpack Assembly Day

August 4th - Event Day

July 20 - Backpack Assembly

We’ll gather 200+ volunteers to help organize and fill the 5000 backpacks for event day.

Location: 15311 Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650 (Joy of Sharing Community Center)

Volunteers must be 12 or older for this event.

August 4th Event Day

The Big Event day on August 4th - where we’ll need more than 350+ volunteers to help us run a smooth event and create a memorable experience for kids & our community.

Volunteers must be 18 or older for Event Day! 

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PARTNER

 

INDIVIDUALS

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.

Volunteer

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.

 

Partnership Application

 

PRESS

Members of the media are invited to contact us by email: projectbackpackoc@gmail.com.

Help us share Karina’s Backpack Project story & bring the community together