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!)

Our founder

Backpack Buddies

Lucia Hoerr

Past Years

Over the past six summers we have filled over 2,000 backpacks with school supplies for needy children in central VA. 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!

mission & vision

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

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."

Foundation History

A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

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