There comes a time in everyone’s life where you just can’t sit still anymore. I have arrived at that place.
Like many of you, my heart is crushed at the sheer numbers of Ukrainian refugees looking for shelter. The task of providing for these people, mostly women/children, is monumental. No one person could ever possibly solve all of this heartache. But one person… YOU… can help one child or one family. And I’m asking for your help.
In mid March, 2022, I met with the director of the Red Cross, and the Cologne emergency services manager about what they need to help the refugees arriving into Cologne. After our conversation I had the idea we could prepare backpacks for a boy or a girl with many of the necessity items the Red Cross needs. I asked them if this was a good idea, and the Director said to me… “when can you get me these bags and how many can you provide?” With that, Operation BackPack4Kids was born.
– William Vaughan, Founder Of Operation BackPack4Kids
In the past, we have asked local communities across the USA to build backpacks, which we then transported to Europe where we partnered with multiple relief agencies to rapidly deliver the bags directly to refugee children in Germany, Poland, and now within the Ukraine borders. Our pilots, their families and friends, volunteer at these locations on their days off and during layovers, procuring needed items, building backpacks, and handing out backpacks directly.
BP4K has fully transitioned to sourcing, building, and delivering backpacks right in Germany. This provides us the fastest, most cost effective way to fulfill our mission. Your donation dollars are 100% responsible for allowing us to accomplish this.
Shipping backpacks anywhere outside the USA is a significant bottle neck in our operation and a costly one at that. We’ve quickly realized the most efficient way to get backpacks to refugees is to source the bags and necessary supplies as close as possible to the area they are needed. This allows us to run the operation in more of a “just-in-time,” format, which also gives us the versatility to run it in multiple cities.
People can still take part and contribute by donating to our operation. Other than a few negligible fees we have very little operational or administrative costs. Every dollar donated goes directly into the operation of making and delivering backpacks.
BP4K received 501.c.3 status from the IRS in July of 2022. This status will allow us more opportunities to expand our operation to become even more effective in achieving our mission. Stay tuned for updates!
As of July 2022, BP4K has accomplished the following:
- 3,517 backpacks delivered
- €130,000 in critical medications delivered in our donated temperature controlled coolers
- 20 infant transports made with the BabyPod
- 402 backpacks delivered to refugee children in Poland in a single week
- Over 3,000 hours of volunteer service given by our pilot group
BP4K is incorporated in the state of Kentucky and has recently received our 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS. Click here for more information.
“The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.”Pearl S. Buck