2012 First Lady's Project - Project Backpack

We were delighted to participate in the Backpack Project initiated by Cheryl Snellgrove (First Lady, Ohio District of Kiwanis International).

Each year, Children's Services Departments in every county in Ohio have to remove children from their homes on an emergency basis. This is a very traumatic, emotional event or these confused children. many times a few personal belongings are gathered only in garbage bags, but sometimes there is not even time to gather anything.

First Lady Snellgrove's plan was to provide filled backpacks to the Children's Services Departments in every county in Ohio. The backpacks would be filled with toiletries, small stuffed animals and toys, comfort blankets, coloring books and crayons, and clothing for all ages.

Fifty backpacks have been delivered to Athens County Children's Services because of this project. The backpacks contain items children might need during the first few transition days when they are removed from their home. We know that these comfort items and practical items will help children navigate through the difficult first days.