Packz for The HomelessHelp needed to fill 500 backpacks for the homeless!

As part of Red Day on Thursday May 8th– an annual day of service – Keller Williams Realty Experience in Barrie plans to fill and distribute 500 backpacks to local agencies that support the homeless.

We’re inviting you to please stop by and help us fill our 500 Packz between 10 am and 2 pm on Thursday May 8th at Keller Williams Experience, 516 Bryne Drive Unit J in Barrie!

A group of entrepreneurs and professionals have been running a community service project since January, collecting “Packz” – backpacks full of personal hygiene items, clothing, and healthy food and snacks – for those in need. Keller Williams is one of the group’s drop off locations and wanted to get involved in the initiative in a much bigger way.

“Each year on the second Thursday of May, Keller Williams associates spend the day serving organizations and causes in their communities,” says Scott Cooper, Packz co-founder and local real estate agent. “My colleagues at Keller Williams took a strong interest in our Packz project and decided to get behind the cause for Red Day. We’ve already acquired 500 backpacks – we just need help now from the community to fill them.”

Items needed for the Packz:

• Clothing – Hats, mitts, socks, small blankets, sweaters, underwear

• Personal products – Flashlight, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, anti-bacterial wipes, Kleenex, BandAids, pads and tampons, Q-tips, chapstick or lip balm, hand cream

• Food and healthy snacks – Granola bars, energy bars, fruit cups or applesauce cups, packaged nuts, packaged meat, dried fruit, meal replacement drinks, cracker snack packs, energy drinks, water

Items that do NOT work in a Packz: Mouthwash, hand sanitizer, razors, large shampoos or body washes, canned food or boxed food that needs cooked (e.g. Kraft Dinner), perfume and hair products.

Since January, Packz for the Homeless has delivered more than 55 backpacks to local organizations such as Youth Haven and the David Busby Street Centre.

There are four locations in Barrie where items can be dropped off:

• Keller Williams Realty Experience, 516 Bryne Drive

• Keller Williams Realty Experience, 431 Huronia Road

• Bliss Anne Green Yoga, 119 Dunlop St. E

• Embroid Me, 35 Cedar Point Drive

Thank you,

The Peggy Hill Team