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Homelessness has become one of the benchmarks by which society measures the demarcation for failure and success. Yet, it can be a simple series of unplanned circumstances and decisions that can leave one on the street in a state of disbelief or regret. Our nation's homeless have become road signs that point us in the other direction, but these are real people, not road signs. Their lives can be a welcoming destination for our kindness. A place to show love and grace.

Whether the streets have been their home for a while, or they've been recently evicted due to the nationwide pandemic, it's important that they hear us say, "You are not completely alone, and you are worthy of attention and help". To demonstrate this, backpacks are being put together with basic supplies they will need because just like us, they need daily essentials. These backpacks will include essentials such as T-shirts, socks, lotion, sunscreen, deodorant, blankets, gloves, ponchos, baby wipes, snacks, water, and other necessities.

Each backpack will contain a handwritten note of encouragement that will be laminated to weather all storms. Often, we see the homeless and buy them food, give them water, and sometimes money, but there is an unspoken feeling that lingers because we know they need so much more. Let's let our act of kindness be the "more" that they need.

Partner with us, to make this happen so that they can keep surviving out there; so that they can hang on for one more day.

All donations through my family's non-profit Legacy Consortium are tax-deductible, and 100% of the proceeds will go to creating backpacks for the homeless.

Who we are

"Backpacks for Change” is a part of Legacy Consortium, Inc, which is the non-profit arm of Legacy Changers World Wide, LLC. The Backpacks for Change project is focused on the homeless, giving them the essentials we all need, but that they can’t afford. These are essentials such as t-shirts, deodorant, band-aids, lotion, socks, jackets, chapstick, sunscreen, and many other basic necessities. For more information about Legacy Consortium, Inc and Legacy Changers World Wide, LLC click here.

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Shannen-Rose Forde is the founder of Backpacks for Change, a non-profit project that assists the homeless by providing backpacks that contain basic supplies and daily essentials. Shannen-Rose is an Augusta University graduate with a B.A. In Kinesiology, and is pursuing her doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Shannen-Rose is also the founder of Lineup Athletics, which provides programs that train and instill confidence in young athletes as they advance in their skills and evolve into bold, poised, and fearless competitors. Through her company, Lineup Athletics, she provides skills coaching and strength training for young competitive gymnasts. In addition, her coaching incorporates work to strengthen their mental determination and improve overall mental health. Her holistic approach helps her athletes develop physical skills, self-awareness, self-love, and self-care. In her spare time, she shows her heart for the mental health community as a trained volunteer crisis counselor.

Shannen-Rose Forde

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