Middle School students help build backpacks for the homeless

With junior Alexa Rhodes leading the charge, 51 Middle Schoolers formed a fast and furious assembly line to help fill 160 sturdy backpacks with an assortment of supplies that are helpful to the homeless. In addition to the pack itself and a special message of hope, recipients will find a water bottle, wipe, soap, underwear, socks, and more. Next week, the backpacks will be donated to The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. This initiative is part of Alexa’s organization called H.E.L.P.I.N.G. the Homeless Backpacks with the goal to Heal, Empower, Love, Provide, Influence, Nourish and Give.

Alexa started this project in 2020 through the school’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). Her goal is to help the homeless because, even as a young girl volunteering with her parents and sister, she has always cared deeply about those experiencing homelessness. She is so appreciative that students at school want to help her. She said, “When so many other students wanted to get involved with my project, I was overwhelmed. I’m so happy to extend my sense of community to more kids.” 

Alexa was recognized amongst youth worldwide when she won First Place in the Global Youth Entrepreneurship (GYE) Competition. The top prize was $5,000 in cash and has been used to purchase items for the backpacks.

In the fall, Alexa delivered 150 backpacks to local agencies—75 going to the Broad Street Ministry and 75 to Covenant House in Philadelphia. She hopes to be able to continue to build on this work and is always appreciative of donors to her organization or offers to provide items for the packs. 

The non-profit organization, One2OneUSA, has partnered with H.E.L.P.I.N.G. the Homeless Backpacks and to help with donations; see: https://one2oneusa.org/homeless-fund/ For more information about H.E.L.P.I.N.G. The Homeless Backpacks, visit the Instagram site @helpingthehomelessbackpacks.

View TV coverage here:

CBS: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/5494955-local-students-work-together-to-fill-up-backpacks-for-homeless/

ABC: https://6abc.com/society/17-year-old-aims-to-deliver-160-backpacks-to-help-local-homeless-residents/10517336/



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