Backpack Project 2017

It’s Backpack time again at Daily Bread, and we will celebrate the holidays by giving filled backpacks to the men and women who are our guests at lunch.  Backpacks will be given away on Friday Dec. 15 beginning at 10:00 am. The men and women we see daily are rarely remembered at Christmas. For many, these backpacks will be their only presents. With a forecast of a cold winter ahead and with the current lack of shelter spaces in our community, these backpacks will be especially welcomed this year.  Last year we gave away over 800 backpacks. We’re assuming that we will need that many or more this year.

Backpacks should be stuffed with toiletries such as deodorant, hand lotion for hands chapped by the cold, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shaving cream, etc, cold weather items such as gloves, hats, scarves, socks, sweatshirts, T-shirts, long underwear, and regular underwear. Other items could include hand warmers, cough drops, books, decks of cards, small fleece blankets, candy, gum, and food items. All items should be new. All backpacks should be new or nearly new as well.

All backpacks should be labeled with the gender and size of the recipient (i.e., Man-XL). We found last year that most of our guests requested at least a size Large, most preferred XL. There is also a need for some 2X and 3X bags. We will NOT be giving out children’s backpacks this year.

2017 Daily Bread Backpack Shopping List
Filled backpacks can be dropped off beginning  Friday Dec. 1. Backpacks can be dropped off at Daily Bread, 116 N First Street, Champaign, seven days a week, from 9-12. We would encourage you to use the back door on the alley when dropping off backpacks. Backpacks can also be dropped off at Ellen Harms’ (705 S. Elm Blvd. 356-2551) at Pam Hagle’s (713 S. Elm Blvd. 359-3245) or at Ruthann Evans’ (4414 Crossgate Dr. 398-5687). Tax forms will be available.

Filling one or more backpacks can be a wonderful holiday project for a family, for grandparents, for a scout troop, for a social club, for a tennis group, for neighborhood friends, for book clubs, etc.

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Ellen at 356-2551







14 thoughts on “Backpack Project 2017

      • I did get the shopping list, but there was no option to print !! No icon or any verbage indicating print. What am I not seeing ??


  1. Hi. I have two questions: 1) Will you accept donations of items to go inside of backpacks (e.g., scarves, hats, blankets) without the backpacks themselves?; 2) Do you provide a donation receipt for tax purposes? If so, do we have to drop off at DBSK directly?


    • Amanda, we are happy to accept items that go inside; we will use them to fill empty packs we receive. We do provide donation receipts, both at the back door of DBSK, the back door of the Anita Pride building across the side alley from DBSK (9-12 weekdays) and at the houses mentioned as drop off locations. Thanks!


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