Bravery Backpacks for Vulnerable Children

NORTH DAKOTA (KXNETName) — Bravery backpacks, they are now made for children in our area.

What are they and how do they help vulnerable children in need?

Bravery Backpacks is a program offered by the 31:8 Project to create supportive backpacks for children in need.

Project 31:8 educates, advocates and raises awareness to prevent human trafficking.

Founder and executive director Stacy Schaffer tells us law enforcement came to them about the backpack program.

“Law enforcement came to us and told us that sometimes we have to arrest a parent or guardian at night and unfortunately children sometimes wait hours or even days for placement,” said said Schaffer.

Schaffer says any time a child is in a vulnerable state, they are at risk of human trafficking, which is why the project was eager to come on board to help.

But why a backpack?

“For some of these kids, they literally have a bag of groceries they can walk away with, so we want them to know that they’re appreciated, that they’re loved, and that they have that other group out there. who cheers them on,” she said.

“We work with young people to help them put the backpacks together because as they put these backpacks together they learn about social media safety as well as human trafficking,” said said Schaffer.

Schaffer says there has been an increase in requests for backpacks.

“As school starts we just see there is a need as these kids are coming back to school, they could come to school with nothing. And so teachers are reaching out to different support services to reach out and say they can use these backpacks because these kids are coming to school with nothing,” Schaffer explained.

Schaffer says the backpacks aren’t just donated by law enforcement, but by social services, schools and even paramedics helping people in vulnerable situations.

This weekend on KX news, we’ll be sharing the story and why the 31:8 project was founded.

We will also report new initiatives in place and tips to keep students safe during the start of the school year.

If you or someone you know is in need of a Bravery Backpack, visit their website.

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