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What's In A Backpack? (36)

The Blue Ribbon Project's Backpacks of Love program provides backpacks directly to children going into care. Each backpack is gender and age appropriate. Each backpack is designed specifically for a child of a particular age. Below, you will find a list of each age and gender and what is included in a backpack for that child.

If you or your organization are building backpacks to donate, we have a huge favor to ask of you. Please print the page for the age and gender in which the backpack is being built. Then use that page to check off items you are placing within the backpack. Our volunteers will add items from the list that are not checked off.  Lastly, leave that printed page inside of the backpack. This way we can easily inventory and label the backpack for the age you intended.

A few tips:

  • Each backpack is designed for each age and gender. Every little contribution helps these kids. If you want to fill an entire backpack for an age, that is great. If you just want to donate a tube of toothpaste, that too is wonderful. Do not feel obligated to purchase everything on this list. Single items are also placed in the packs. 
  • Children's development can be different, especially when it comes to abuse or neglected children. For instance, a child may be using a pacifier much later than when your child did.
  • Kids come in all shapes and sizes and this makes purchasing clothing very difficult.  Each child will need a change of clothes (actually two of them) so if you include clothing, try to include something that is stretchy or adjustable. 
  • Remember, these packs are designed for those first 24 to 48 hours. Many travel sized items will work.  Children will obviously use some of these things past that time frame and you can purchase either travel size or full size. 
  • If you are packing your own backpack, you do not have to include everything on this list. It is important to get these items to children, however, we do not want you to break the budget doing so. This is why we ask that you print and include the checklist so our staff knows what needs to be added to your backpack.
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Drop Off Locations (4)

Several area businesses have offered to be drop off locations. You can drop off backpacks to our friends at the following locations. Please thank these businesses as they step up to help the community. They receive nothing in return and have offered to help these kids through the kindness of their hearts. We thank them greatly for participating with and support The Blue Ribbon Project! Please keep an eye on this page as things continue to grow. If you have a business or organization and would like to be a drop off location, please contact us.

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 We are frequently asked what items we are in need of. Below is a list of individual items that are needed to complete some Backpacks of Love we have on hand. Further down the page, you will find a list of Backpacks of Love that are needed to keep us stocked.

  • Boys Pajama's Size 7/8, 12/14, 14/16, and 16/18
  • Boys Pajama's Size 7/8, 12/14, 14/16, and 16/18
    Girls Underwear Size 16 and over
  • Boys Underwear Size 2/3, 3/4Boys Pants (elastic or stretch waist) Size 8 and over
  • Boys Shirts Size 8 and over
  • Girls Pants (elastic or stretch waist) Size 10 and over
  • Infant Burping Cloth
  • Teethers
  • Baby Caps
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Brushes/Combs
  • Baby Lotion
  • Shaving Cream

For those that prefer to conveniently shop on-line and have items shipped directly to The Blue Ribbon Project, please consider purchasing off our Amazon Backpacks of Love Wish List


   More and more of our donations have been backpacks that are fully stocked and ready to go. One of the top questions we receive is "What age groups are you in most need of?"  To address this, we've created a chart that shows, more or less, an inventory of what's needed to be fully stocked. Even if we are "fully stocked" on a particular age and gender, we'll still accept them as they will eventually be needed when the time comes. This chart covers backpacks needed to serve several counties and does  not include very recent donations at haven't been checked.  As more counties and communities come on board,  these numbers will fluctuate. Please check back regularly for updates. This chart is designed more for individuals who would like to build  own backpacks and donate the entire backpack. 


Age/Gender # of Backpacks Needed
Boys 0-6 Months Old  5
Girls 0-6 Months Old  5
Boys 6-12 Months Old 3
Girls 6-12 Months Old 8
Boys 12-18 Months Old 4
Girls 12-18 Months Old 3
Boys 18-24 Months Old 5
Girls 18-24 Months Old 5
Boys 2-3 Years Old
Girls 2-3 Years Old
Boys 3-4 Years Old  5
Girls 3-4 Years Old 4
Boys 4-5 Years Old 4
Girls 4-5 Years Old 6
Boys 5-6 Years Old 5
Girls 5-6 Years Old 5
Boys 6-7 Years Old 5
Girls 6-7 Years Old 6
Boys 7-8 Years Old 7
Girls 7-8 Years Old 6
Boys 8-9 Years Old 5
Girls 8-9 Years Old 4
Boys 9-10 Years Old 5
Girls 9-10 Years Old FULLY STOCKED
Boys 10-11 Years Old FULLY STOCKED
Girls 10-11 Years Old FULLY STOCKED
Boys 11-12 Years Old  FULLY STOCKED
Girls 11-12 Years Old 4
Boys 12-13 Years Old  3
Girls 12-13 Years Old 5
Boys 13-14 Years Old 3
Girls 13-14 Years Old 4
Boys 14-15 Years Old 5
Girls 14-15 Years Old 3
Boys 15-17 Years Old 7
Girls 15-17 Years Old 10
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