Daisy Troop 504 from Mandarin who donated backpacks to the project in 2013.
Homeless Student “Summer Fun” Backpack Program begins collections
More than 600 students identified as homeless throughout the St. Johns County School District receive summer help
The St. Johns County School District ASSIST (Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition) program seeks to ensure homeless children and youth are educated, receive the same special programs and services as other children and are able to participate in the Free Lunch and Breakfast Program. The 600 plus students identified as homeless will be dismissed from school in early June and will be without the support of ASSIST over the following few months.
In an effort to help bridge this gap for homeless youth, St. Johns County nonprofit JCP CARES is assembling “Summer Fun” backpacks for the children. Items such as books, journals, puzzles, craft items and other activities will be collected during the month of April in several locations around St. Johns County. The backpacks will then be assembled and delivered to the St. Johns County School District for distribution during the last week of school. Last year, the initiative generated almost $20,000.00 in charitable donations, including a new pair of Reebok shoes for each student donated by Maurice Jones-Drew.
“Promoting awareness of the problem of homelessness is our number one priority so the children will gain more support throughout the year,” stated Kathy Bravo, President & Founder of JCP CARES. “The feedback we received last year was that the students were very appreciative of the donations, but even happier that they were thought of beyond the assistance they receive through the schools.”
Collection boxes are located in St. Johns County area at several local merchants, businesses and banks. A list of all collection locations in the St. Johns County area, can be found in the right hand column.
Help us fill a backpack for a homeless student. Sponsor a backpack for $20.
(photos taken in 2013)
Items Needed to Fill the Backpacks
Craft items or kits
Coloring books & crayons
Coupons for kid-friendly restaurants
Drawing paper or pads
Colored pencils or markers
Handheld games or toys
Backpack Donation Locations:
Bank of America – Julington Creek Plantation, SR 13
Regions Bank – Julington Creek Plantation, SR 13
BBVA Compass Bank – Bartram Walk
VyStar Credit Union – Bartram Walk, Mandarin, St. Augustine, CR 210W
BB&T Bank – Palencia, Bailey Building/St. Augustine
Florida Capital Bank – St. Augustine
Harbor Community Bank – St. Augustine
Car, Riggs & Ingram – St. Augustine
Resurrection Episcopal Church – Palencia
Tuffy’s Auto Services – Julington Creek Plantation, Racetrack Rd.
Champions Golf Club – Julington Creek Plantation
Starbucks – Bartram Walk
Capelli Salon – Julington Creek Plantation, Racetrack Rd.
The Crossing Church – Julington Creek Plantation
Julington Creek Plantation CDD – JCP Recreation Center
Pinch a Penny – Julington Creek Plantation, SR 13
May Management – Julington Creek Plantation, Racetrack Rd.
St. Johns County Libraries – Bartram Trail, Anastasia Island, Ponte Vedra, Southeast Branch
Early Learning Coalition – St. Augustine
St. Johns County Schools
JCP Tennis Teams
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need addresses or if your group would like to donate
Panera Bread is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, May 8th from 4-8 pm to benefit the homeless students of St. Johns County. It will be held at the 600 Tingle Court, St. Augustine bakery/cafe. Click here for a copy of the flyer which must be shown for Panera Bread to donate a percentage of their sales. An electronic version on a phone or tablet can also be presented. Thank you for your support!
News4Jax did a segment on the Homeless Student Backpack Program. Click on the following link to watch it.