The Backpack Project
Help provide school supplies for our clients’ children.

The Backpack Project

We can help children get back to school!

For some parents, the need to purchase new school supplies for their children can pose a huge burden on already-stretched resources. This year, faced with additional economic hardships due to COVID-19, many of our clients are finding it all the more difficult to prepare for the coming school year.

You can make a difference! Through the generosity of our donors and volunteers, the Backpack Project provides our clients’ children with backpacks and age-appropriate school supplies.

You can help by making a financial donation to The ARK in the amount of $36 per backpack, or by donating $50 Amazon or Target gift cards to this project. Direct monetary contributions will be used to purchase “back-to-school” kits from Back 2 School Illinois — a nonprofit that provides backpacks and basic school supplies to families in need — which we will then distribute to our clients’ children. Donations made in the form of gift cards will be given to our clients to purchase books and necessary classroom materials not included in the backpack. The deadline for donating gift cards is July 31, 2020.

For instructions on how to contribute to the Backpack Project, please click the link below.

Thank you for your generosity and consideration as we work to help children start their year off with the right school supplies! If you have any questions about this project, please contact Carol at

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