2010:  61 Filled Backpacks
2011:  79 Filled Backpacks
2012:  91 Filled Backpacks
2013:  121 Filled Backpacks
2014:  256 Filled Backpacks
2015:  394 Filled Backpacks
2016:  477 Filled Backpacks
2017:  624 Filled Backpacks
2018:  667 Filled Backpacks
2019:  730 Filled Backpacks!

Our founder


We prepare K-12 students in need across Virginia for each upcoming school year by providing them with a new backpack and all of the school supplies they need at no cost. 

When I was nine years old, I always wanted to donate any of the money I made to nonprofit organizations. The charities that especially appealed to me were the ones that were located in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. If I got a thank you note in the mail from a charity, it made me feel so proud of myself. I wanted to make a larger impact by volunteering my time, but I was told I was too young. Soon after, though, I found out that many local students can't afford school supplies and I knew what I needed to do. That was when Backpack Buddies first started."

Foundation History

Backpack buddies in the media

Past Years

Over the past ten years we have filled 3,500 backpacks with school supplies for children in need in Virginia. Please help us by going to the "Donate" page!


Help us by donating backpacks, school supplies, or money. Checks should be made out to Backpack Buddies. Go to the "Donate" page to find the school supply list, and learn more!

​Backpack Buddies

- Lucia Hoerr​