16th Annual Back to School Backpack Drive
This year, Share Our Selves distributed 2,513 backpacks filled with school supplies to Orange County students from low income families. From August 24th to August 26th, each family received two backpacks filled with school supplies. Additional backpacks and supplies were shared with local family resource centers.
The backpacks were stuffed with items such as pencils, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, crayons, paper, calculators, markers, lunch bags, folders, erasers and pencil boxes.
The huge success of this year’s event was due to amazing volunteer and community support. Share Our Selves received over 113,000 school supplies from the Orange County Fair’s We Care Wednesday Back to School Drive. These supplies made a critical difference in the amount of students SOS was able to assist.
Community drives were also held at Agility Logistics, Prescription Solutions, United HealthCare, Hot Topic, Hoag Hospital, MetroPCS, Waters Family Chiropractic, Corinthian Colleges, Seasons 52, and from other generous donors in the community.
Additionally, Share Our Selves would like to thank the many volunteers who packed and distributed the backpacks, and the numerous service groups, community members and businesses who donated backpacks and school supplies. Without everyone’s support, we would not have been able to provide for as many families as we did this year.