It has been said that in this society we have created enough surplus of all kinds that by re-purposing and redistributing what we don’t actually need, we could support another whole society the size of our own. I believe this.
I started my homeless backpack project in 2013 to do my small part toward this end. It has grown since then and I now give out more packs then I ever did and with better items in them – good survival gear that I hope can make a difference.
Along the way, some friends heard about the project and have chipped in, in kind and by buying new things I needed for the packs. This happened spontaneously and for that I am grateful.
During this time, I have done a lot of research in the hopes of making my gift more relevant and in order to understand the recipients’ needs better. As I searched the Internet, I was surprised and pleased to find so many others doing the same thing. As each of these projects reflects someone’s strong desire to lend a helping hand, I thought there could be some benefit in connecting all our projects to help build a global energy wave. I also wanted to create a place where those interested in participating in a project in their area or in starting one of their own, could come to find resources and learn from those who have come before them. I wanted everyone interested in this kind of giving back to feel welcomed and confident that they can do this themselves and help make a difference.
So, HomelessBackpack.net was created to help network all our efforts . There are some articles uploaded which speak to different specifics of the projects including packing lists, tips on distribution, sourcing materials, etc. There will be more to come.
I hope this is of some assistance to you and will help the community grow.
Oh yes, although this site does not have official non-profit status it is a not-for-profit effort, a gift to the community.
David Goldberg, Santa Fe, New Mexico