The backpacks we provide help to relieve some of the uncertainty children face when they are removed from their family, often in traumatic situations and without the opportunity to take any personal belongings along with them.
Our aim is to provide a backpack full of useful items that these children, from newborn babies through to young adults, can call their own, providing reassurance and comfort from their changing worlds.
When a child or young person (aged up to 18 years) is unable to live with their families often due to child abuse, neglect or domestic violence, they are placed in 'out of home' care. This may be foster care, kinship care, residential care, youth homeless or domestic violence shelters.
Often children are removed from their families in emergency, traumatic situations with no prior warning. Taken from their family by strangers, they may not have anything familiar of their own but the clothes on their backs.
Children may stay in 'out of home' care for short or long periods of time, and often move from home to home in their rapidly changing worlds.
This is where we come in...
We aim to provide these children with their own backpack full of personal items, which they can easily identify it as theirs, and take it with them to their next family.
Imagine the difference a backpack could make to brighten a child's day...
Last night I was greeted with a very happy little boy who got a backpack from Backpacks 4 SA Kids last week. He went home, unpacked everything and put the boxers straight on! He said that the boxers were his favourite, but he didn't play the games or movies yet as he is saving them for his new family which happens on 1st March. You guys do an amazing job and please know that your hard work will stay with that little man for a long time! Thanks so much!Carer of a 8 year old boy
Our team and team B are the teams who literally remove the children at risk and often they either have nothing, or the parents don’t let us take it. We have donations of clothes but it’s the personal stuff that you put in the back packs that they miss out on. It is really scary for these kids and it does give them comfort to get something special.'At Risk' team member,
The Backpack was a big hit, she loved it and said she had never had beanie kids before! Got the pj's on already too. Thanks again x.Carer of a 10 year old girl
There are many ways you can get involved and every donation – big or small - makes a difference. Whether you would like to donate goods, money, a full backpack, or your time to help us pack the backpacks, we’d love to hear from you.
Here are some other ways you and others can get involved…
Schools: From fundraising money, to donation drives, to creating positive messages, there are lots of ways schools can get involved. Consider Backpacks 4 SA Kids for your next fundraiser. Or ask your students to each bring in a piece of clothing they no longer wear (but is still in good condition), or a toy, or a book. We are always short on clothing for children aged 5-18, so a class-sized donation of goods would make a big difference to our project!
In the past we have included messages of positivity in our backpacks, made for the kids, by the kids. A simple way to brighten a child’s day, and to educate our youngsters about children less fortunate than them.
Scout Groups: We have a few Scout Groups who have requested involvement in our charity. These groups are fundraising for us by collecting money and goods to pack backpacks for specific age groups. It’s a great way to get the kids involved and thinking about their less fortunate peers.
Offices/Social Groups: If you partake in office charity drives, consider a donation drive for Backpacks 4 SA Kids. Whether it be a monetary donation for your casual day, or every one brings an item to fill a backpack – every small donation counts!
Birthday Parties & Social Events: We have had donations from groups of people who have decided to donate goods to Backpacks 4 SA Kids, collecting them at birthday parties and social gatherings. What a lovely thought to brighten a child’s day!
Please check our latest news to see what we are most in need of at the moment. Sometimes something as small as a hair brush might be all we need to be able to pass a backpack on to a child to make their day. Just remember, we need ‘travel size’ donations to fit in our backpacks!
We rely on generous donations of goods, money, and time to be able to fill our backpacks!
If you’d like to donate, get involved or sponsor us, if you’re an agency or a carer, or if you’d just like to say hello, we’d love to hear from you!