Backpacks for Hope is raising funds to provide children fleeing domestic abuse with new backpacks for the upcoming school year.
Sponsored by the Texas Advocacy Project, Backpacks for Hope is now in its eighth year and will be raising money for this year’s program through July 27.
“Starting a new school is hard enough for any child; imagine what it would be like showing up with your books in a paper sack,” said Michael Walker, a member of the Texas Advocacy Project’s board of directors.
The campaign gathers new backpacks and school supplies to distribute, along with free safety resources, to mothers and their children in domestic violence shelters across Texas. According to the TAP, many of these women fled from abusive home lives with very few possessions.
TAP also works to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking throughout Texas through free legal services, access to the justice system and education.
Each backpack is discreetly equipped with The Project’s legal line number (1-800-374-HOPE) and information about life-saving programs.
“With the help of our community we will make things a little easier for kiddos and provide moms with the information needed to break the cycle of violence,” said Walker. “Last year the Project distributed 700 backpacks, but we only made 40 percent of our goal. Requests for 1,900 have already come in this year — meaning we desperately need help from the community.”
Last year, the Texas Advocacy Project closed 254 cases in Williamson County. Hope Alliance in Round Rock is a beneficiary of the campaign. That shelter alone anticipated needing 25 backpacks to cover the back-to-school 2018 timeframe in August.
You can learn more about Backpacks for Hope and the Texas Advocacy Project by visiting http://texasadvocacyproject.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=9.