Operation Backpack 2013

Some of you may recall that Escape employees donated items to fill three backpacks in 2011. This year I decided to try for more and was again amazed at the incredible generosity of my work family. Last Friday I very excitedly pulled into the parking lot at Tri Counties Bank with a car full of backpacks. I grabbed a shopping cart, loaded it up, and smiled at the people staring at me pushing a full cart INTO the grocery store and to the bank. I guess that's not something you see every day! Of the 20 filled backpacks I took to the Volunteers of America (VOA) backpack drive, 18 were donated by my fabulous coworkers.  As of Monday, July 31, VOA had collected 2,157 backpacks for homeless and at-risk children in the Greater Sacramento area. Their goal was 8,000.  The knowledge that we have so many children in need is heavy on my heart, and I'm so glad to have been able to be a part of the effort to make going back to school a little easier for 20 children and their families.

Some of you may be thinking, "Well, darn! I missed out on this great opportunity!" But don't be discouraged. This is an annual event and next year my goal is to collect 50 backpacks and spread awareness.  For more information, you can check out the webpage for the Northern California & Northern Nevada chapter of Volunteers of America at http://www.voa-ncnn.org/.