Big Hearts and Smiling Faces

March 31st, 2022

By the numbers:

  • 500+ bags delivered
  • 121 backpacks ready to be built
  • $58,276 donations
  • 254 volunteers

Newcomer Dustin O., fluent in Russian & Ukrainian wasted no time volunteering as an interpreter at the refugee center. Cologne Emergency services manager Olga V. said, “is there anything you pilots can’t do?”

Dustin O. at Refugee Processing Center

Pilots from three international air carriers working together at our Marriott facility.


What is on the horizon:

Stay tuned for information on our Build a Backpack Day taking place in Louisville in partnership with the Louisville Salvation Army.

On the administrative front:

A team of interim trustees have been named to help guide the present and future of Operation BackPack4Kids. Operation BackPack4Kids was never about anything other than helping refugee children transition through a very tough time in their life by providing a small, but needed item. We have succeeded beyond all expectations and that is a true testimony to the compassion and work ethic of our group, our donors, our partners and our supporters. Thank you all for everything you have done and will continue to do.

It was always about them, and always will be.

Liesl C. with a family at the processing center

If you haven’t donated and would like to, here is the link, DONATE HERE. It’s YOUR donations that are making all this possible!!!

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