HUGS Backpack

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Why #HUGSBackpack?

Millions of students come to school without basic school supplies needed for a successful education. These tools can help pave a way for a child to develop a lifelong love for learning. While many families struggle to provide school supplies for their children, many schools also lack the funding to purchase them for their students. The #HUGSBackpack program provides individuals, classrooms, and even entire schools with the tools that they are in most need of.


Apply Today!

GMH is currently accepting applications for teachers and programs who want to provide school supplies for students enrolled at a Title One school or program for summer 2016 and/or for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Do you want to inspire a lifelong love for learning, reading, and creativity through the #HUGSBackpack program?  If you are a teacher or administrator who works at a Title One school in Texas, New York, Connecticut, Dominica, or the Dominican Republic, and would like to help a group of students with new school supplies,

***Application deadline for summer or fall HUGS Backpack program is July 15, 2016.


This is how YOU can help:

Be a part of the #HUGSBackpack program to help provide the “Tools for School” for students in need. We are always looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers to help support the #HUGSBackpack program in San Angelo, Texas, Lubbock, Texas, Purchase, New York, Middlebury, Connecticut, and Fairfield, Connecticut! There are many ways you can help give school supplies to inspire and motivate underprivileged students to believe that school is a pathway for future success.

  • VOLUNTEER to be a School Supply Collector! Help collect school supplies. Place a school supplies collection bin at your school or at a local business to collect gently used or new school supplies and art supplies throughout the year. All supplies collected will be donated to a classroom or school in need.
  • VOLUNTEER to be a part of the GMH annual Dorm/Locker Raids for school supplies. At the end of each school year, GMH staff, HUGS Ambassadors and Volunteer Ambassadors engage their community to donate gently used or new school supplies, art supplies, sports equipment to help put these materials in the hands of students who it the most.
  • VOLUNTEER to support the GMH team to pack and deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to classrooms or schools in need located in Texas, New York, Connecticut, Dominica, and Dominican Republic.