Did you know that 40% of the children in the Greater Philadelphia region live in poverty or in a low-income home?
The 12th Annual Backpack Challenge will be held July 24 – 28, 2017. This signature event has become a tradition in the BHHS Fox & Roach and Trident family. Since 2006, more than 20,000 backpacks filled with school supplies have been donated by our sales associates and employees and their families and friends!
A donation of $20 provides one child with a filled backpack, as well as additional school supplies throughout the entire school year, ensuring they will have what they need at all times! And, for every 50 backpacks donated by your office or department BHHS Fox & Roach/Trident will match with an additional 5 backpacks!
All donated backpacks and supplies are distributed by Cradles to Crayons, a local non-profit that provides school supplies, clothing and other essential items to children living in poverty in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Cradles to Crayons partners with homeless and domestic violence centers, schools, and foster homes that provide direct assistance to children aged birth to age 12 to help them transition from acute poverty to a brighter future.
Our 2016 backpack challenge collected an astonishing 4,198 backpacks for underserved children! GO HERE to see the results.
Some words of thanks from students that received backpacks and supplies and their teachers —
“You guys inspire me. I want to do something like what Cradles to Crayons does in the future because a little thing like a backpack…can just change anybody.”
— Janiell, Age 11
“A boy in my class comes from a single-parent homeless family. He was happy to get a backpack filled with supplies. Without those, he wouldn’t have had anything on the first day.”
— A Teacher
“The new backpack made me feel special because mine is just like the other kids.”
— Kathy, Age 12
“I use the pencils not only for myself but for others who need one.”
— Mikayla, Age 12
“There were so many parents who came to us and thanked us from the bottom of their hearts…a backpack and school supplies are expensive. Our families struggle.”
— Jessica, Principal
Donations to Cradles to Crayons may be made online. To ensure you and your office or department are properly credited, make sure to use the Fox & Roach/Trident donation page using the link below (not the public Cradles to Crayons page)!
Type your office name or department name in the “Company” box during checkout to ensure your office or department is being credited for the backpacks you purchase (see screenshot below). This enables us to accurately record which office made the donation for distribution purposes. Typing your office or department name in the company box WILL NOT affect your billing address or payment – it is for internal use only to track donations.
Last year we collected an amazing 4,198 filled backpacks representing a $70,000 donation. Can we beat that in 2017? Follow our progress on the backpack collection thermometer!
Use the forms below to place offline orders and promote Cradles to Crayons and the Backpack Challenge. If you would like to purchase a backpack yourself, refer to the Backpack Supplies flyer for needed school supplies.
New this year: Donor Acknowledgement Emblems! Download and print the Backpack Icons, have donors sign their names to individual emblems and post in your office to show your backpack pride!