Backpacks for Humans started in 2020 distributing cold water to the homeless, now they are providing bags full of even more necessities.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Serving the less fortunate is the goal of the Toledo Backpacks for Humans group; the organization wants to make life easier for those who live on the streets.
They do this by giving them the basics of life, all in a backpack.
Backpacks for Humans started in 2020 distributing cold water to those in need. The group saw a terrific response, so they decided to take it a step further, filling backpacks full of survival gear to pass out for free.
Since then, volunteers have gathered in Uptown Green Park every Sunday to faint and fill their backpacks.
The backpacks are full of food and hygiene products, but also clothing, such as gloves, essential for the cold winter months.
Everything provided inside the backpacks comes from generous donations from the community.
How can you help this organization and those in need? There are many ways to give back:
- You can help fill or distribute backpacks.
- You can donate items such as lightly worn clothing, food, hygiene products or any other necessities that Backpack for Humans requires.
- You can help the organization financially with monetary donations.
The organizers of Backpacks for Humans said what they’re doing is much deeper than just fainting and stuffing backpacks, is making connection and getting to know people on an individual level.
“We’re just there to love people where they are, and if they needed something, if they needed a resource, if they wanted to change, then we would be able to plug them into the resources that are already available. Because, once you have established a relationship and trust, comes the question of what is really needed, “said Acting Executive Director Michelle Marks.” Because most of the time. time, it’s not the bottle of Gatorade, it’s not the pair of socks, it’s a relationship. “
So, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Backpacks for Humans invests Uptown Green Park to help those who need it most.
Here’s how you can find out more about Backpacks for Humans or donate to the organization.