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': 15-year-old girls starts campaign to bring school supplies to kids
Foxla - August 2, 2019
Karina Tarsadia, 15, started a campaign called “Karina’s Backpack Project” to provide kids in her community with backpacks full of school supplies. She’s stopped by FOX 11 News with Nithin Jilla, the CEO of the organization, to talk about her program.
Thousands of kids now ready for school after backpack, school supply giveaway in Anaheim
The Orange County Register - August 5, 2019
Karina Tarsadia, 15, founder of Karina’s Backpack Project is shown with some of the 5000 backpacks filled with school supplies to be distributed to low income families and kids during the Karina’s Backpack Project event in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, August 4, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Eyewitness This: O.C. teen organizes event to give away 5,000 backpacks full of school supplies
ABC7 - August 6, 2019
An Orange County teen with a big heart is helping kids in need just in time for the back-to-school season.
Karina Tarsadia's "Backpack Project" held a giveaway at Angel Stadium on Sunday. The 15-year-old was able to put together 5,000 backpacks full of supplies for the event. She says traveling to places like India, Cambodia and Peru and seeing the poverty inspired her to do something for kids in her community.
A teen's backpack project helps thousands
The Orange County Register - August 6, 2019
Thousands of children and their parents packed the parking lot at Angel Stadium on Sunday morning — not in advance of an Angels game, but rather to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies fromKarina’s Backpack Project by the Joy of Sharing.
Karina’s Backpack Project, the brainchild of 15-year-old Karina Tarsadia, was created to provide low-income families with supplies for elementary- and middle-school students.
Karina's Backpack Project
Greer's OC - July 29, 2019
Karina Tarsadia, a 14-year-old Orange County native who has been immersed in the art of giving back from an early age has decided to follow her passion and start a movement to foster independence among youth. On Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Angel Stadium will proudly host Karina’s Backpack Project.
Karina’s Backpack Project To Give Away 5,000 Backpacks At Angel Stadium On August 4
Anaheim Blog - July 30, 2019
On August 4th, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Angel Stadium will proudly host Karina’s Backpack Project. Fueled by Karina’s passion to create community connection, the event will provide low income families with elementary and middle school student supplies, resources and services for a successful school year.
5000 backpacks, school supplies & hygiene kits distributed during the first inaugural 2019 event
Over 15 CARNIVAL GAMES & INTERACTIVE STATIONS
24 LOCAL NONPROFITS & RESOURCES
ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCES BY 3 GROUPS
GROCERIES, FRESH PRODUCE & MEALS by OC Foodbank, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, CAPOC, & Bracken's Kitchen
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Karina’s Backpack Project. We thrive on volunteers for our events! Whether you are a company who's interested in engaging your employees or an individual or family or community member looking to volunteer, please sign up via our interest form!
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.
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.
We want to 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
- 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
- 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
An annual community-based initiative that offers elementary and middle school students supplies, resources and services for a successful school year.