We launched our official "BUILD-A-BACKPACK" program 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. Backpacks are distributed throughout the Chicago Public School system with homeless students being our first priority. Please see "ingredient" lists below. You will find 2, one for primary grades, one for upper grades. Once filled, we asked that they be dropped off to our Kids Closet location. We are able to arrange pick us for large donations (over 50) which are within or near the city of Chicago. Please give us a call at 312.296.5311 if you would like to arrange a pick up!
Primary Grades K - 4th
Grades 5 - High School
Drop Off Location (M-F: 9-6 & Sat 9-5)4044 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
Additional InformationGet 4 FREE Brookfield Zoo tickets for each backpack donated! Tickets are available on-site and will be distributed immediately upon receiving your contribution.
Personalized ContributionIf you would like to include a supportive note or card of encouragement to help your student start the year off right, you are welcome to do so!
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 email@example.com after you drop off, it will help us to keep track of the number of backpacks donated.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL, PLEASE CALL 312.296.5311 FOR ANSWERS!!