e success of Operation Backpack® (OBP) is measured by the number of children living in New York City’s homeless shelter system who receive a new, full, good quality backpack in time for the rst day of school. And the success of Operation Backpack® is 100% dependent on support from the community. Every year, Volunteers of America must fundraise, secure in-kind donations of product (i.e. school supplies) and services (i.e. transportation to deliver the backpacks) and coordinate the entire campaign with only one fulltime sta person dedicated to the project. Operation Backpack® simply could not exist without the generosity of those who live or work in, or otherwise care about New York City. Any amount will help! I'm also posting shopping lists if you'd like to provide an age appropriate filled backpack to help!