Helping Utah's most vulnerable

Fill The Pack

Ensure that no one goes unnoticed this holiday season

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    Fill The Pack Donations

    Fill the Pack is an annual holiday drive that provides necessary and critical items for youth and promotes the spirit of giving for many individuals who give to make Fill the Pack a success each year! 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. Let your holiday giving mean more to you and your family by providing necessary and critical items to youth experiencing homelessness. For many youth it will be the only gift they will receive this winter, thank you for being apart of that.

    View Fill the Pack Wish List
  • Support Homeless Youth Services

    Help us raise money to end youth homelessness in Utah! Your donation helps ensure that teens in Utah receive the help they need to break-down the barriers that have led to their homelessness. Teens shouldn't have to call the streets home, join us in fighting for a brighter future. Give a little, change a life.

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  • Memorial Gifts

    A memorial gift is the perfect tribute of service and support to honor your loved one's memory. Your donation helps ensure that VOA continues to provide services but also helps with our mission in ending teen homelessness. Give a little, change a life.

    Memorial Donation


Fill the Pack was created by our volunteer 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 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 the 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 also promotes the spirit of giving for many individuals who make Fill the Pack a success each year!

We hope you will join us this holiday season. Help us collect 200+ backpacks and raise $15,000 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. 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 a part 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 view the list below of items to Fill each Pack with. This contains important details and our wish list of items needed to complete a backpack. You may also choose to make a financial contribution. This will go to provide not only a holiday backpack to a youth but also includes providing for them our continuum of valuable services.


Each Pack will be filled with the following:

  • Notebooks
  • Hand Warmers
  • Re-usable Water Bottle
  • New Socks
  • Pens & Pencils
  • New Men & Women’s Underwear
  • Food Gift Cards
  • Gloves
  • Earbuds