Give a Backpack,
Change Their Future!


Why it Matters:

There are over 2,700 homeless children in Wake County Public Schools

Over 50,000 children are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program

Backpack Drives & Events

Backpack and School Supply Drop Off Locations

School Supply Drives and Events

School Supply Lists

Print a list below

Download and print school supply lists and take them with you to shop for supplies that will be stuffed into each backpack!

Host A Drive

Would you like to host a Backpack and School Supply Drive to benefit children in need at your organization, church or neighborhood? Click on the link below to complete the sign up form and host a drive to help children who would otherwise go without start the school year with confidence and knowing that someone cares!
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Back to School Giveaway

August 12th at Raleigh Rescue Mission Store and Donation Center
4700 Capital Blvd., (SE Corner of Millbrook and Capital Blvd.)

Children receive Backpacks filled with school supplies at our Giveaway event at Raleigh Rescue Mission Store and Donation Center until supplies run out. Our goal this year is to give away 2000 backpacks.

In addition to the Backpack Giveaway, there will be gift card raffles, BOGO sale on items inside the Thrift Store, food and games for kids!

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Raleigh Rescue Mission 2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway Event is proudly sponsored by:

You Can Build a
Backpack and a Future!

Children in the Greater Raleigh Area need your help!

Give them a bright future by filling backpacks with school supplies, hosting a supply drive, or volunteering at our Back-to-School Giveaway!

Sign Up To Help

How Would You Feel?

Imagine you’re nine years old and already you have seen how unfair life is.

You’ve never had new clothes. Your hand-me-down backpack is full of holes. Kids on the playground laugh when you ask to borrow their pencils. You’ve never had your own.

The first day of school only reminds you of how little you have — and how different you are.

But if you had a backpack and the right supplies, all that would change. You would be excited for school.

You’d know that you had a future and that anything was possible.

You can give a child that feeling today.

Spread the Word!

Spread the word to your family and churches. We need everyone’s help to have enough backpacks!


Give Kids a Chance!

Give Backpacks!
We make every effort to use your gift as you specified. If a particular item or project becomes overfunded, we use those funds where needed most to serve the needs of homeless, hurting people.