“I Got Your Back” Backpack Drive Suggested Items

Through our outreach, we’ve learned quite about about what homeless people in Phoenix need on a daily basis, and some of the more popular items may come as a surprise. Here’s a quick list of must have items if you’re going to pack a backpack for a homeless person. But, you can donate whatever you want! Anything you think will help make somebody’s life on the street a little easier!

Most Important Items For Each Backpack

If you’re backpack contains only these 4 items below, it’s ready to  go!

  • A Pair Of Socks (preferably not ankle socks or dress socks)
  • A Wash Cloth, Hand Towel, and or Packet of Wet Wipes
  • A Gatorade, Powerade, Or Other Sports Drink
  • Non-Perishable Food Items (think granola bars, power bars, pre-packaged meals to go, etc)

Ideas For Additional Items

Every backpack is a chance to make a person’s day, so you can donate whatever YOUR heart desires to help out! Some additional ideas are below:

  • Warm Hat
  • Blankets
  • Travel Sized Toiletries (tooth paste, toothbrushes, soap, Q-tips, etc)
  • Bus Passes
  • Candy / Soda
  • Gift Certificates for Food (of any kind!)
  • Clothes
  • Shavers

Here’s an awesome video from a couple in Tacoma, Washington about how they create backpacks for under $20!