Backpacks/School Supplies/Healthy Snacks

$2,495 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 47 months
Dear Community Members,

I am writing to request your financial assistance for the purchase of backpacks/school supplies/nutritional snacks and basic hygiene items for school age children (K-12). While this is my 18th year donating backpacks and school supplies to children in need living within my community, this is the first year I have had to reach out to others and ask for assistance.

This year's goal for the 2014-2015 back to school outreach is 500 backpacks; slightly more than last year's 446 giveaways. Because the numbers have continued to escalate each year, three (3) years ago the number of donations exceeded what I could personally continue to fund; thus, the reason why I introduced an annual fundraiser “Bunco for Backpacks”. However, each year the numbers of children in need living in our community have continued to climb and this year the numbers are simply beyond what we can provide from a simple community fundraiser.  My hope is that you are able to assist us in our plight and in return, we can use the fundraising monies to purchase what school supplies are needed.

How are the children selected that receive backpacks? By those who walk in the trenches each day with these children. The classroom teacher, who is knowledgeable of every child in her classroom and the student’s private home situation, the school resource officer (SRO’s), whose job is to know every homeless child within the school and the location of the local homeless campsites and the social worker, who knows every child’s case she manages. This year the goal is to also include as many of the 237 children attending Lacoochee Elementary  as possible. Lacoochee student's hold a special place within many hearts within this community as 100% of the student population live below the poverty level and approximately 95% live in a single parent home. This year we are adding nutritional food snacks inside the backpacks; as many of the children receiving backpacks are often hungry.

Please enjoy some of the photo’s of previous years backpack assemblies with all of the volunteers.  Aside from the required school supplies, each donated backpack also include the following items: Body soap, facial soap, shampoo, hair rinse, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hair brush, comb (for the boys). All middle/high school girls receive: Gently used and/or a new purse, make up, feminine products; this year the goal is to provide all middle/high school boys with baseball hats. All high school boys/girls receive disposable razors and shaving cream; essentially, everything food stamps does not allow for purchase. The purpose for all of the added extra’s into the backpacks is simply for social acceptance. If a child who is living in the woods, or in a home without electricity or running water does not have access to personal hygiene or basic hygiene items; then that same child has little to no chance of social acceptance within their peer settings. If the provisions thwart off one act of bullying; than the mission has served its purpose. 

 In closing, we remain appreciative for any financial donation/backpack donations and/or school supplies you may be able to offer our group to help the silent voices living within our community. Also know, regardless of the amount of your financial contribution, your participation has made a difference in a child's life.

Sincerely,

Debi Shackowsky
Backpack Coordinator
“Everyday is a Gift"
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PLEASE JOIN US....... for an evening of food and fun among friends. This year is our
4th annual Bunco for Backpacks Fundraising Event Saturday March 14, 2015 @ 7:00pm.
Seven Springs Golf and Country Club
3535 Trophy Blvd. New Port Richey, FL 34655

Admission: $25.00 @ the door. Arrive with a "New" backpack donation and pay $20.00.

ALL TEACHERS: With paid admission, receive ten (10) free raffle tickets for the chinese auction.

Prizes for: Bunco Winner, 2nd place and Booby Bunco!

Dessert and Coffee bar included with admission.

Chinese auction, silent auction, spirit table, corporate sponsors and many exciting vendors.

This is the only fundraising event hosted each year to purchase backpacks and school supplies for children in need. 100% of the evening's proceeds are given back to our children in the Community during back to school. This past year, (August 2014) 653 backpacks with all necessary school supplies and basic hygiene products were given to: Various schools (Elem, MS/HS), Pasco Sheriff's Office (School Resource Officers), Guardian ad Litem, Pace Program for Girls, RAP House, African American Club and Hernando County Sheriff's Office. This year's financial goal is to be able to reach out and help 1000 children with their back to school needs. This can only become possible with the support of our community members.

For more information about the history of the backpack giveaway program, please see marjorieshope.com. For event updates, there is a publically created event on FaceBook titled: 4th Annual Bunco for Backpacks.

Thank you to all who share our vision in helping the silent voices of our community; the children.

Debi Shackowsky
Founder, Marjorie's Hope
Some of the 653 backpacks donated 8/14
1st night backpack assembly volunteers
8/14 Backpack Assembly Volunteers nite#2
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Backpack volunteers from both Monday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. Many are annual volunteers.
Backpack Volunteers from Monday 8/4/14
Backpack Volunteers Tues. 8/5/14
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THANK YOU..... To ALL Financial and Supply Donors: Because of ALL who contributed, this year 652 backpacks with supplies were donated + an additional supplies for 20 students were given to children in need. In addition, another 100 empty "new" backpacks were also donated... Amazing!!!! Especially, when initial finances were lower this year and requests were increased. I learned to live via spreadsheets (thank you Andrea Orndorff for introducing me to spreadsheets), we were able to crunched numbers AND exceed the 500 requests.
Mon 8/4/14 - 350 Backpacks filled
Tues. 8/5/14 - 302 Backpacks filled
Delivery of school supplies via caravan
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Good Morning to all,

Due to the random act of kindness from others who I do not know, we are able to purchase additional school supplies today in preparation for Monday's filling of backpacks. Also, this past Thursday we were graced with 40 additional backpack donations. Because the requests for this year have surpassed 600, we are able to provide the supplies with the extra backpacks to children in need. Please know, that EACH of you who have donated financially and/or with supplies have been a tremendous difference in over 600 children's lives this year. I am honored and always appreciative.

Debi and the 93 volunteers who share my vision in helping children.
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Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

To the $25.00 anonymous donor on 6/19/2014: Thank you. Please know, YOU have made a difference in your contribution. I remain appreciative for your thoughtfulness.

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Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

Mai Grace Hunter: Thank you for your donation and you volunteering for this event. I have always loved your giving heart and your continuous support in all that I do for others.

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Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

Mike Franks..... Thank you soooo much for your donation. VERY much appreciated. Miss you too!!!!

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$2,495 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 47 months
Created June 15, 2014
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CN
$25
Christina Nunez
40 months ago

Origami Owl Vendor Table

JK
$350
John Gillis - Friendly Kia
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

You are one of the most amazing people that I have the honor of knowing and refer to as: Friend. Your constant support of my programs assisting children in this community is admirable and appreciated...ALWAYS!!!!!

AM
$65
African American Club Member
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

YR
$60
Yolanda Rodriguez
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

I love you girl more today than yesterday.... YOU are AMAZING in soooo many ways!

AC
$200
ARICAN AMERICAN CLUB
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you to ALL club members. I appreciate each and every one of you for ALL that you have done to help children in need within our community this year.

JV
$500
Jim & Karen Van Valin
46 months ago

What a great project!

GR
$25
Gregory Rosasco
46 months ago

Keep up the amazing work

A
$100
Anonymous
46 months ago (Offline Donation)
Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

To the $25.00 anonymous donor on 6/19/2014: Thank you. Please know, YOU have made a difference in your contribution. I remain appreciative for your thoughtfulness.

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Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

Mai Grace Hunter: Thank you for your donation and you volunteering for this event. I have always loved your giving heart and your continuous support in all that I do for others.

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Debi Shackowsky
47 months ago

Mike Franks..... Thank you soooo much for your donation. VERY much appreciated. Miss you too!!!!

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