Every year, Volunteers of America organizes Operation Backpack, a citywide effort to buy as many new backpacks as possible, fill them with school supplies geared towards the needs of each grade and put them in the hands of New York City’s homeless kids. Every year, they set a higher goal of how many backpacks they want to fill. Every year, they hit that total (just like Jerry Lewis used to raise more money every year with his Labor Day Telethon). And every year, there are that many more kids in the shelter system who need them.
Operation Backpack 2013: Getting Homeless Kids to School With a Smile on Their Faces via The Huffington Post