Where to Donate Backpacks

School is officially in session! And like most students, you may be upgrading to a new “hipper” backpack this year. Instead of letting your old backpack sit unused in your closet, donate it to a student who could really use it!

Thousands of children in need go back to school without the basic supplies they need, but you can change that. If you have other school supplies you would like to donate, check out our blog on Where to Donate School Supplies!

Before donating your pre-loved backpacks, please consider the following tips:

1. Make sure there are no holes or rips!

2. Make sure the zippers work!

3. Make sure the straps aren’t torn!

Now you’re ready to help your community be one step closer to receiving better education!

If you’re in the Chicago or Dallas area, you can use Zealous Good to match you with several local organizations that are actually looking for that specific item and will therefore profit from it the most. If you don’t live in Chicago or Dallas, here are some other places that would value your donation:

Adoption Centers

Adoption centers and foster homes usually don’t have the means to provide every child with the school supplies they need, backpacks included.

To find a local adoption center or foster home, click here!

Youth Shelters

Youth shelters not only provide homeless youth with food and shelter, they also want them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. Educational stability is a main part of this process, and most of these at risk youth don’t have the resources to go to school.

To learn more and find  local shelter near you, click here!


There are many students who go to school without a backpack to put their supplies in. Check your local schools and colleges to see if they hold any backpack drives or know of students who would benefit from your donation!

Backpack Project

The Aspire. Inspire. Foundation has an ongoing international children’s project that involves obtaining donated backpacks and sending them to various locations, this year Port Au Prince, Haiti. Help kids around the world be prepared to receive a better education!

To learn more, check out the Aspire. Inspire. Foundation website!

Again, if you’re in the Chicago or Dallas area, donate your backpack using Zealous Good! We can easily match your donation with an organization in need that will make sure your backpack will be greatly treasured.

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