Many thanks to Myers Park Trinity Little League, Charlotte Style Lacrosse, Providence Day football, Park Road Books, and Hawthorne's NY Pizza for their help getting PacksBack recognized by WCNC.
PacksBack is the idea and creation of Alex Emery, a 2025 graduate of Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Alex's friends and family are helping Alex make her idea a reality.
PacksBack is a community service and community support initiative to collect new and gently used backpacks and donate them to students' schools who need them. We are partnering with local Charlotte, NC elementary schools. Our goal is, through the gift of a gently used or new backpack, to help get kids excited about going back to school.
PacksBack is a community service and community support initiative to collect new and gently used backpacks and donate them to students' schools who need them. We are partnering with local Charlotte, NC elementary schools. Our goal is, through the gift of a gently used or new backpack, to help get kids excited about going back to school. After collecting donations, we clean and sanitize them, and then redistribute them to students in a like-new condition.
Personally, I have always loved getting a new backpack at the beginning of the school year; it is part of the excitement of going back to school. I have created PacksBack to help spread that joy and excitement of getting a new backpack at the beginning of the school year with those who may not ordinarily be able to. With your donation, we can spread that joy together. - Alex
Bring a gently used or new backpack to one of our donation days. All you have to do is drop the bag in the PacksBack box we will take care of the rest!
Scroll down to Events to find our next donation day!
If you can't make it to one of our donation days no worries, PacksBack does porch pickups! All you have to do is text 860-462-3087, put the backpack at your front door, and we will come by and pick it up.
You can also feel comfortable dropping a donation in boxes at Hawthorn's NY Pizza locations on Rea Rd and Carmel Rd.
We are not a nonprofit agency yet, so no tax deductions, but with your monetary donations, we can purchase new backpacks to donate to our partners.
We reached our goal of 100 backpacks in 2021 and 2022. We hope to expand our operations for next year. If you would like to host a donation day event in the future, please use the contact form below.
We are also looking for more schools to make donations to. Please use the contact form below to start a conversation.
2022: We held three very successful donation events this summer and reached our year one goal of 100 backpacks, which we then washed, sanitized, and waterproofed before donating to Hidden Valley Elementary.
2023: This year, we focused on expanding our donation events through various schools, organizations, and restaurants. We partnered with Queens Grant High School, Jekyll & Hyde, Hawthorne's, and many more! In October, PacksBack was honored and recognized at the Signature Cares Gala. 2023 was an eventful year that allowed us to supply backpacks to local CMS students with the help of the Charlotte community.
Our goal is to have corporate participation in promoting PacksBack in 2024, please contact us below if interested.
421 Canyon Trail, Charlotte, North Carolina 28270, United States