Bags of Hope

LEYMAR* would like you to support Operation Bags of Hope by making a donation and spreading the word.

Youth suicide is on the rise.  More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.  Between 2009 and 2015, Arizona’s annual child suicide rate has increased by a stunning 81%.  Almost twice as many people die by suicide in Arizona annually than by homicide.  Nationally, four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

Our mission here is to help our overwhelmed school system in Arizona by providing their counselors and teachers with a tool to help any child or teen who is thinking of committing suicide or suffering from depression.  We want this tool to show them that someone cares, that someone wants to support them, that someone loves them.

Our plan is to produce packs with useful tools for a teen or child who is suffering from depression or contemplating suicide.  It's something they can touch and hold.  The pack will contain about 10 items: journal, pen, pack of seeds or nuts, or other healthy snacks, perhaps an iTunes, Target, movie gift card(s), and the most important items, resources that are available to them.  We will be reaching out to teachers and counselors to improve our pack.

Our goal is to have 10 Bags of Hope per school in the valley by this coming school year.  There are 401 schools in Phoenix and the cost per pack is $30 to $40.

Donate today and help our youth move through to tomorrow.  Today's youth is our next generation.  If we don't help now, it will only get worse.  Spread the word.  Share the info.

100% of your donation will go toward the Bags of Hope.  We have a group of dedicated and caring volunteers that will prep, pack, and deliver.

*Life Empowerment Yoga, Meditation, and Reflexology (LEYMAR) is a non-profit agency providing services for seniors, adults, and adolescents in Arizona.  Our mission is to support, empower, uplift, and inspire humanity through alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, reflexology, and deep breathing techniques.

The Parent Resource Program website

Oasis Behavioral Health website: Arizona’s Child Fatality Review Program’s 2016 Report

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website

The Parent Resource Program website


Malinda Hurd 
Phoenix, AZ
Life Empowerment Yoga Meditation and Reflexology Inc 
Registered nonprofit
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