Saturday, August 20, 2022 Backpack Giveaway

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor!

State Farm

Many thanks to all of our sponsors:

Blessed Sacrament of Saint Paul • Cyndi Goltry • Julie Petersen • Rhoda Siewert • Paul Dinzeo • Brian Swedeen • Jody Babor • Daniel & Laurel Ries • Morelli’s Market

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backpacks given away since 2006!

This is a foundational annual event which prepares hundreds of East Side youth for a new school year! For over 15 years, MCS has hosted an annual backpack and school supply distribution event, preparing youth for their next year of school.

Backpack Registration is Now Closed

Receive a FREE backpack for your child!

A new school year will soon be upon us. Join us at Merrick Community Services on Saturday, August 20 for our annual Backpack Giveaway event. For over 15 years, MCS has hosted this successful backpack and school supply distribution event. Register now!

Receive a FREE backpack for your child!

At the Event:

When: Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Merrick Community Services, 1669 N Arcade Street, St. Paul, 55106


We need your help!

Merrick Community Services invites you to partner with us for our 2022 Backpack Giveaway. This is a foundational annual event which prepares hundreds of East Side youth for a new school year!

Ways you can help:


An organization sponsorship in the amount of $250, $500 or $1,000 can go a long way in getting supplies and backpacks to East Side youth. Event sponsors will be acknowledged at the event, in our quarterly newsletter, on our website and will be given a table at our annual fundraising event. We are also seeking presenting sponsorship status which includes recognition at all three MCS events: Backpack Giveaway, Holiday Share and UpLift.

One-time gift:

Give a one-time monetary gift which will go directly into purchasing school supplies and backpacks.

Donate new backpacks and school supplies:

You can drop these off at Merrick Community Services between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Thursday. Commonly needed supplies include:

Scientific Calculators/Graphing Calculators
USB Sticks
Mechanical Pencils
College lined notebooks
Ball point pens
3 ring binders
White out


To best serve our event attendees, we need volunteers to assist in distributing supplies and backpacks, directing traffic and being a welcoming presence.

Spread the word:

Know someone who would be interested in contributing to this event? Send them our way! We’d love to connect and share more about the importance of the event.

Get Creative!

Raising money or collecting donations for a worthy cause can be a way for colleagues, friends, or family to share a fun and meaningful activity together. Gather a group together and see which individual can raise the most money or collect the most school supplies. Don’t forget to celebrate the difference you’ve collectively made!

What’s the impact?

The joy of giving your time and treasure is that it will go directly to benefit East Side youth and families.
Statistics on the East Side are stark, reflecting economic disparities:

• MCS’ primary service area has one of the highest rates of food insecurity among Minnesota counties

• About 40% of East Side households earn less than $30K annually

• In 2020, approximately 29% of East Side working age adults were unemployed

Help a child get their school year off to a great start!​

For more information, contact:

Danielle Matthias 651-417-6271

Kaitlin Meye


—————– Backpack registration is now closed —————–

We are sorry, but registrations are currently full at this time. Please call 651-771-9339 for more information.