Backpack Angels 'bless' students with school supplies


by Rodney Spencer

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 6:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – They call themselves “Backpack Angels.”

For 10 years, Peter Hayes and his team at Service for Peace have held their Backpack Angel program in Louisville.

“What we do with this program is we collect backpacks and school supplies,” Hayes said. “We raise some money to help buy some and some we collect.”

This year the Backpack Angels are back at it hoping to help 2,000 local students.

The program will hold a fundraiser on June 19 at the McDonald’s on North Hubbards Lane from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant will donate $1 to the program for every bacon clubhouse or chicken sandwich sold.

There are also several local celebrities lending their name to the cause like Jefferson County Clerk Bobbi Hosclaw and former Louisville Basketball Coach Denny Crum. Crum will be at the location from noon to 1 p.m.

It’s a lot of fun and all for a good cause that gives back to the community.

“And what really tugged on our hearts was that we found out that there were some kids who were going to school with plastic bags and a pen or pencil – no supplies. We found out that they were getting teased you know for not having school supplies so we talked to some of our business sponsors and we decided – well let’s do something about it,” Hayes said.

Doing something about it – taking action to better the lives of others is what it’s all about and as Hayes says, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

“Oh it’s awesome when you see a child – when you come to the giveaway and you see a child get a backpack and smile. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that an it’s just a great experience,” he said.

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