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.

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.
  5. Sign up to volunteer because it takes all of us to make a difference

2015 thru 2017 Backpack Drive Videos

2016 Backpack Drive Photos

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