This morning at the Carpenter’s Shelter, located at 930 North Henry Street in Alexandria, Carpenter’s Shelter, along with Heartlight Ministries, and The CITYPAK Project distributed over 100 custom-designed backpacks to local area homeless in need.
Designed by CITYPAK’s exclusive manufacturing partners High Sierra, the custom backpacks provide a secure place for displaced citizens to hold their belongings, and feature a spacious main compartment for a large amount of items, a hide-away poncho designed to keep both the bag and its wearer dry, a ballistic nylon outer shell strong enough to combat the elements, a synch-top closure for extra waterproofing, and anti-theft measures.
Recognized by media including CNN “New Day,” MSNBC, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and many others, The CITYPAK Project has distributed over 15,000 backpacks in 25+ cities nationwide since its inception in 2012, with additional communities being added each month. This past February, CITYPAK hosted its largest single-city distribution ever in New York City, working with local partners to circulate over 2,500 custom made backpacks to New York area homeless.
CITYPAK Founder Ron Kaplan explains, “Giving away backpacks isn’t the solution to the complex issue of homelessness facing our country, but it’s something we can do to make a small difference for people in this difficult situation.”