Backpack Buddies

1615 Kenwood Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA
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Our mission Backpack Buddies strives to prepare underprivileged Virginia children for school, as well as relieve their parents and teachers of a heavy financial burden, by providing backpacks filled with school supplies to as many students as possible at the start of each school year.

Backpack Buddies

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School Supplies Needed

We love in-kind donations! Contact us for delivery/shipping instructions. See below for our school supply wish list:
  • Backpacks

  • Filler paper (wide & college ruled)

  • Spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled)

  • Composition notebooks (wide & college ruled)

  • Graph paper

  • Pocket folders

  • Binder tab dividers

  • Scientific calculators

  • Pencil boxes (plastic)

  • Pencil pouches

  • #2 Pencils

  • Pens

  • Cap erasers

  • Block erasers

  • Glue sticks

  • Liquid school glue

  • Washable markers

  • Crayons

  • Colored pencils

  • Expo dry erase markers

  • Highlighters

  • Index cards

  • Rulers

  • Scotch tape

  • USB flash drives

  • Protractor & compass sets

  • Colorful construction paper

  • Earbuds & headphones

  • Post-it notes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Clorox wipes

  • Tissue boxes

  • Ziploc bags

  • Books suitable for grades K-5th

  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
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About us Over the past decade, Backpack Buddies has donated more than 4,300 backpacks filled with school supplies to Virginia students (preK-12th grade) in need. Backpack Buddies has grown from just 61 filled backpacks donated in 2010 to more than 820 filled backpacks donated in 2020. Backpack Buddies enlists the help of dozens of youth and adult volunteers to help raise money, collect donations, spread the word, and fill backpacks with school supplies every year. The completely packed backpacks are then distributed at the end of each summer to kids in need at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, the Charlottesville International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Neighbors, United Methodist Family Services (UMFS), ReadyKids, and the Southwood Mobile Home Park, as well as to various Virginia public schools and individual/group requests.
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