Helping Utah's most vulnerable

Fill the Pack

Fill the Pack was created by our volunteer and board member, Martha Crook, who got the idea of providing holiday backpacks for homeless youth during Christmas back in 2010. As a mother, she loved her vivacious and energetic teenager son, David, who unexpectedly passed away and which ultimately led Martha to Volunteers of America, Utah's Homeless Youth Resource Center. She came to the Center to donate David's clothes and was touched by a young homeless youth that was ecstatic and grateful for the clothes that Martha had brought in. From there, Martha knew her son was still with her and was giving her strength and the ability to move on. Fill the Pack is now an annual holiday drive that not only provides necessary and critical items for youth but it also promotes the spirit of giving for many individuals who willingly give to make Fill the Pack a success each year!

We hope you will join us this holiday season.  Help us collect 200+ backpacks and raise $20,000 that will go directly to providing services to homeless youth throughout the year. We are collecting new backpacks, basic need items and fun holiday gifts now. Let  your holiday giving mean more to you and your family by providing necessary and critical items for these youth.  For many of these youth it will be the only gift they will receive this winter, thank you for being apart of that."

To make a difference in the life of one of our homeless youth and to participate in our Fill the Pack opportunity, please download brochure on the right. This contains important details and our wish list of items needed to complete a backpack.  You may also choose to make a financial contribution of $100.  This will go to provide not only a holiday backpack to a youth but also includes providing for them to receive a day of valuable services.

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