Build a Backpack Orange County, 2017
We launched our official "BUILD-A-BACKPACK" program in Illinois in 2008-09 and it was a great success! As with all of Direct Effect's programs, this one is hands on, giving you the opportunity to build a backpack for a child in need. Please join us and Build a Backpack for an underprivileged child. Your donation will go directly in the back of a child in need. We are accepting backpacks through September 15th, 2017 at the drop off location listed below:
Supply List is As Follows
  • Crayons 16 pk
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Red Ink Correcting pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Paper-notebook wide ruled or college ruled
  • Glue Sticks
  • Notebook binder- 1 "
  • Dividers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Crayola Markers
  • Ruler
Drop Off Location
Filled backpacks can be dropped off in the main office M-F between the hours of 9-3  

Madison Elementary School
Main Office
1124 E Hobart St
Santa Ana, California 92707
(714) 972-6400
Personalized Contribution
Please feel free to add a personal card or note of encouragement for the school year! If you have any questions,  call us at 312.296.5311 or email
We realize, backpacks are the most expensive item on the lists. If you have a used one in LIKE NEW condition, you are welcome to use it! You can also check the dollar stores or the store Tuesday Morning as they often offer great deals on backpacks as does EBAY if you like to shop on line! If you can send us an email to after you drop off, it will help us to keep track of the number of backpacks donated.


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