-Lucia Hoerr​

Past Years

Over the past eight summers we have filled over 2,100 backpacks with school supplies for children in need in Virginia. Please help us by going to the "Donate" page!

When I was nine years old, I always wanted to give most of the money I made to nonprofit organizations. The charities that appealed to me were the ones that were located in my hometown. If I got a thank you note in the mail from a charity, it made me feel so proud of myself. I wanted to start a charity, and when I found out that many local kids started the year with no supplies, I knew what I would do. That was when Backpack Buddies first started."

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
2017: 100 Buddy Bags (new program)
2018: We hope to fill 650 backpacks!

Our founder

Backpack Buddies


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!

Foundation History

Backpack buddies in the media

mission & vision

We help prepare underprivileged children for each upcoming school year by providing them with all of the necessary school supplies and backpacks at no cost. We won't let any of these children to fall behind, either academically or socially, due to starting school without supplies.