Backpack Drive & Family Fun Fest

Who Said You Can’t Have Fun and Make a Difference?

Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, but it does require courage! A hardworking mother or father (despite their best efforts) still find themselves struggling financially each year to send their children back to school. They should not feel ashamed nor embarrassed because they need extra help! Rays of Light Philanthropic, Inc. (RLP) is here to support our resilient parents.

Annually, we host a community service event called the Backpack Drive & Family Fun Fest (BD&FFF). It’s a family friendly, fun-filled, block party style event complete with music, games and food…best of all, it’s FREE! This event is not just a day of fun, it serves as a pathway to “Be a Blessing” by assisting parents in offsetting the costs associated with preparing their students to return to school.

Historically, our aim has been the collection and distribution of hundreds of brand new, supply-filled backpacks for foster and homeless children, youth and teens. However, we’ve expanded our tangible goods scope to include the distribution of clothing and shoes. This means RLP is committed to providing each school age child one brand new, supply filled backpack, outfit (top and bottom) and a pair of shoes to return to school.

We believe basic need items instill hope, bolster confidence, build self-esteem that can translate to improved performance in the classroom. Students who are academic achievers are more likely to be valued contributors to our society and ultimately realize the value in helping others.


Event Detail & Registration

  • Event Name: Backpack Drive & Family Fun Fest (FREE EVENT)

    Downloadable Flyer

  • Event Registration:  https://raysoflightphil.org/backpack-giveaway/
  • Event Type: Back-to-School Giveaway “While Supplies Last” (serving foster and homeless children, teens and youth and local students in the Canoga Park area)
  • Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Giveaway Begins: 2:00pm
  • Location: Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark Street, Canoga Park, CA  91304                                                                                                      https://www.yelp.com/biz/lanark-recreation-center-canoga-park

BD&FFF Supply List_Elementary [K-5]

BD&FFF Supply List_Middle [6-8]

BD&FFF Supply List_High [9-12]


Tangible Goods Distribution

Annually, RLP works diligently to secure brand-new items — we’ve discovered the term “gently used” is widely subjective. However, this year we will accept “very gently used” clothing and shoes in pristine condition meeting the following requirements:

  1. Clothing and shoes must be clean!
  2. Clothing and shoes should be fully functional (i.e., no missing buttons, velcro should adhere, working zippers, etc.)
  3. No tears or rips
  4. No stains or signs of fading
  5. No odors
  6. Shoes should have no odors and both shoe strings and must be in good condition

All tangible goods we receive will be thoroughly inspected (per the above-mentioned requirements), counted and prepared for distribution. 100% of what we receive will be distributed event day in the following two ways:

  1. Our standard protocol is the provision of goods to our partner organizations (Door of Hope, Inner Circle Foster Care, and Union Rescue Mission). They will distribute those goods to the youngsters in their care in preparation for the first day of the 2017/18 school year.
  2. This year RLP will also distribute to parents/students in our community that have demonstrated the need for financial support. We have taken care, to implement some specific guidelines, to guard against abuse to ensure we’re good stewards over all we receive.

How You Can Help

Our tenet is “No one person can do everything, but we all can do something”. Because this is an aggressive goal, we are reaching out to enlist your help. Specifically, we are requesting your consideration to help us in either of the following ways…

  1. Host your own personal drive to collect new backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes for students ages 5 – 18
  2. Promote our event on your social media sites (promo flyer to come)
  3. Send an e-mail blast to your family, friends and colleagues to help us raise awareness and asking them to purge their closets for “gently used” garments that would meet our requirements above.
  4. Make a tax-deductible donation toward the purchase of clothing, shoes or school supplies. Your gift of $100.00 would purchase a back-to-school kit consisting of a new backpack, top, bottom and a pair of shoes. https://raysoflightphil.org/donate/
  5. Sign up to volunteer because it takes all of us to make a difference https://raysoflightphil.org/452-2/


2015 thru 2017 Backpack Drive Videos


2016 Backpack Drive Photos

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