Before you know it summer will be coming to an end and the Backpack
Giveaway will be here! For those of you who don’t know, every year
before the start of school in San Francisco, BMAGIC, along with the
Bayview Hunters Point Community, puts on a great event at the Joe Lee
Recreation Center/ Bayview Opera House where over 4,500 backpacks
filled with supplies are given out to children and youth. Families
come to visit tables of over 60 service providers, listen to live
local entertainment by youth, and participate in arts, sports and
other enrichment activities.
At last week’s Convener Meeting, BMAGIC announced that this year we
will be asking for your support in supplying school supplies to
Bayview Hunters Point children and youth. Every year BMAGIC has
purchased these supplies to stuff the 4,500 backpacks. However, due to
a tight budget for this upcoming fiscal year, we are asking that our
collaborators take part in the special event by donating all of the
necessary quantity for one item. Attached you will find a sheet with
these items, the quantity needed, a space for an organization name and
contact information. The items that are highlighted have already been claimed. Your involvement in this effort will not only
mean your support and partnership in one of the largest events in
Bayview Hunters Point, but can serve as a great opportunity to
outreach your organization to the community. You may place your logo
on any of the items that are donated, which will then be given out to
youth and families throughout the community.
We are asking for your commitment to this work by signing up for an
item, and agreeing to deliver it to the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA the first week in August to prepare for the massive stuffing that will
occur the following week. Please look over this sheet and let me know
as soon as possible whether you can contribute. We are asking that if
you want to take part in this drive but cannot deliver the entire
quantity necessary for one of the items, that you donate a minimum of
1/2 of the needed amount. This way we can keep the process simple and
not have small amounts of school supplies from many different groups.
Thank you so much for your continued support! We hope to make this
year’s event even better than last year’s!