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Backpacks for Life Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Backpacks For Life's mission is to provide homeless, low income and at risk veterans and their families with things they cannot provide for themselves. Through peer-to-peer mentorship, distributing backpacks filled with daily & long term essentials and linking veterans with resources, our goal is to get veterans and their family back to living their best life!

Results: To date, we have handed out over 5,500 backpacks to homeless veterans in need by attending Stand Down events, working with other veteran organizations across the country and visiting local homeless shelters where we get to know veterans and give them the support they need. We also connect with local police officers who we equip with our backpacks in the event that they work with homeless veterans. We are also contacted by individual veterans when they are in need of help and we send them a backpack full of resources.

Target demographics: homeless, low income and at risk veterans and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200 homeless veterans

Geographic areas served: the tri-state area primarily, but have helped veterans across the country!

Programs: backpacks, full of daily essentials such as toiletries, daily essentials and resource information which will help them get the care that they and their family need.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpacks for Life is such a wonderful organization. Brett, Alexa and their team have such big hearts and really are special people. The love and compassion they show for our veterans is truly unbelievable. They work so hard day in and day out and have touched many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brett and Alexa have such a genuine passion for helping veterans in need. It was a no brainer to help pitch in for such an excellent cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing nonprofit and thank you Brett and Alexa for caring, bringing awareness, and supporting such a great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering at a casino night, it was inspiring to see how dedicated Brett and Alexa are to this mission.

Mike P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted brett with no hope left for help for me and my kids . Wow did he change my mind on the help that is available! He not only helped us out like i never imagined but had the right resources to continue to help us out by placing us with the right organizations. And then continued to follow up making sure the ball was rolling if they did not act or act quick enough he was rite there on the phone asking why and making them move or finding other avenues by far the best organization out there ! Thank you again for helping us back off hard times

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit unlike many I have experienced. If you were to ask Brett or Alexa how much revenue they pull in, or how much they would need to make if this ever turned into a for-profit, they probably won't be able to tell you. They measure their success in each and every letter that is sent to them from a veteran they helped. They truly just care about helping veterans from the minute they wake to the minute they fall asleep. I have seen them change peoples lives right before my eyes. I think this may be one of the most influential services in the veteran market right now.

ericsoler

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love what this organization is doing. They are filling a void that is often overlooked; homeless veterans. #welldone #nicework

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization since its inception and truly seen the care and effort they put into working with each veteran they serve. The team works hard to ensure the veterans are taken care of - from grassroots to a nationally recognized organization, they are the true definition of a thriving nonprofit who gives back to others. Proud to volunteer with them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpacks For Life has a unique and inventive approach to helping provide lasting support to our heroes who now need help. By offering fully loaded backpacks with supplies for both men and women in mind, they help ease the burden of spending a night out on the streets. It is unimaginable that these men and women, who have put their lives on the line, must encounter such hardships well after their time of service. Fortunately, BFL has built an effective program to get our heroes back on their feet and on the road towards happy, fulfilling lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw a segment that MSNBC (The Morning Joe) did on Backpacks For Life and was so moved by it that I felt that I had to leave a review. BFL works day in and day out to ensure that no veteran is left behind and that the homeless veteran population has the necessities they require to live day to day as comfortably as possible. To Backpacks For Life, homeless and at-risk veterans are people, not numbers and I am so happy that there are people out there like the BFL team dedicated to doing this very important work.

1 Donnie J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Backpacks for Life is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by a disabled combat veteran and his significant other.

Through charitable donations, we produce a 13-claim patent pending backpack that is designed to help homeless veterans survive on the streets.

1 PocketSquareHeroes

Donor

Rating: 5

We finally connected with Backpacks for Life, even though we are right down the street each other but as soon as we did we connected. They are always out doing great things for homeless veterans. Within seconds of speaking with Bret or Alexa, you will feel their deep passion and their desire to go to all heights to make a difference. We are excited to support them in many of their upcoming events and are honored by their friendships.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit! Their mission and concept will truly help other veterans. Very genuine and set to make a difference! I support this nonprofit 100% Keep it up Backpacks for Life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year BP4L partnered with Liquid Church where I go to church and we walked along side BP4L and packed 2,700 backpacks. What an awesome experience that was. Check out https://vimeo.com/255928226 for a recap.

Watching Brett and Alexa serve the veterans and to hear their stories of how they tirelessly advocate for those that fight for our country is beyond humbling! Thank you BP4L for all that you do and for the change you make in the lives of veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times to pack backpacks. Brett’s energy and compassion “to give back” and support our veterans is beyond measure. Backpacks For Life is on a 24/7 mission to help veterans in every phase of their lives to survive the rigors of life. Kudos to Brett, Alexa & volunteers for continued success.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to be impacted by Backpacks For Life and the extremely dedicated staff. I highly recommend them to any Veteran in need.

Amy D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Backpacks For Life is a vital asset to our Veteran community. The individuals who run it are some of the most genuine, caring people I have ever met. The lives they have changed and are changing is extraordinary!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It was a true honor to work with Brett and Alexa. They work tirelessly to give our homeless U.S. veterans a well-deserved new chance at life. These vets are the same people that risked THEIR lives for us. Backpacks for Life deserve more than just recognition for all they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of attending multiple events held by Backpacks for life, and I could not hold them in a higher regard. They put so much effort and care into their work, and it really shows. Brett and Alexa are truly a remarkable team. I look forward to attending more of their events in the near future! Thank you Backpacks for Life, for everything you do to make the world a more fair place, to those who have served and are less fortunate.

2 Craig C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Backpacks for life was something that I never thought would grow to be this big. An idea talked about by Brett with me and a few friends just hanging out on the deck turned into one of the greatest non profit organizations for veterans I have ever seen. Brett ran with his idea to help homeless vets and his passion for helping them is what has driven this organization into such success. I helped pack backpacks for the first event Backpacks for life attended. Random assortments of donated backpacks by friends and friends of friends with simple necessities for hygiene and comfort. Now Brett is designing and patenting a specialized bag for the cause. This organization, in my eyes is the most benificial for all veterans out there. Those that are homeless receive so many services and those veterans who are fortunate enough to be able to, can help and volunteer to give back to their brothers and sisters who are having a hard time after discharging. Backpacks for Life is amazing. Brett you’re doing a great job man, I’m so proud of you and can’t believe this has turned into what is has. I love you brother. Keep up the great work!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Backpacks For Life works tirelessly every day to ensure that our veterans are taken care of. From changing tires to getting an HVAC system donated and installed for free, Backpacks For Life cares about each veterans unique situation and does their best to help in any way they can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Backpacks for Life fills an important need for our veterans, and especially for those who have fallen through the cracks. It is a well run organization that puts the donations directly into the hands of the people who need it the most. Our church just ran a collection drive for them and we look forward to assisting this great effort again in the future.

1 Mike C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back backs for life is such an amazing foundation! It’s great to see such excellent service for people from people who can provide for them. What a humbling group of people!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Backpacks for life Inc is a Blessing for my family and I. We had reached out to over 100 min profits and backpacks for life Inc were the only 5 that had responded and help us out with a bunch of personal needs while we were homeless! God bless him and everyone who helped with backpacks for life inc such a wonderful heartfelt organization❤️❤️❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

With a wife and four kids to say something as simple as buying my own Backpack was "impossible" is an understatement. I was left with the finalized thought of spending my first year in college at 32 with my school books in a shopping bag. My wife sat down with me and asked if there were any Veteran Nonprofits that helped in regards to something as simple as a backpack. That's when we cam across "Backpacks for Life Inc" without hesitation they shipped one right out. So with tears in our eyes and love in our hearts we THANK YOU!!! thank you for looking out for us Veterans!!!

-BC

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Donor

Rating: 5

They make sure veterans are directly affected by their efforts. Founders, board and employees keep no profit, use resources responsibly.

mattbnb

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my business partner and i had the privilege of meeting with Brett and Alexa a few days back... a-maz-ing. Brett is a visionary (and possibly a genius) with a genuine heart for veterans and for his country. Alexa is fierce, supportive, and really seems to understand the business and technical side of Backpacks for Life. i'm immensely impressed with this dynamic duo and the genuine passion that fuels and informs what they are doing. there are no word... no word strong enough to express how highly i would recommend Backpacks for Life to anyone truly interested in making a substantial and positive difference in the life of a veteran. i can't wait to see what this team is able to accomplish. the sky is the limit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The couple that ran the fundraiser I attended was very friendly and professional. They did a great job! Maybe be more aggressive with raffles, but that comes with practice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Attended a paintmixnj event to benefit Backpacks for Life. Impressed with the founders passion to help our vets. Wonderful cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpack for life is an amazing organization. It's led by very passionate people who truly believe in what they are doing which makes their efforts bar none. I believe they will succeed in their continued efforts to help veterans because of their continued acts of kindness.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization is very well-run. The founders hav done a great job bringing awareness to homeless veterans. They have very engaging events that appeal to a large audience.

Donor

Rating: 5

It was a very fun activity and at the same time we were helping out troops!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are promoting for a good cause and have a great explanation of what their proceeds go to

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sgt. Brett D'Alessandro and Alexa show their passion of giving back to the Veterans through example. I have seen their interaction with the Veterans when giving out the backpacks. They take the time to listen to each individual and hear their story. They go to speak at various organizations and are working at improving and fine tuning Backpacks for Life almost daily. I am truly impressed and taken back at what they do. Sgt. D'Alessandro said " he wont be satisfied until the day comes when there will not be a need for organizations like Backpacks for Life because when that day comes all Veterans needs will have then been taken care of". Please support this wonderful non profit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly passionate man who created an amazing organization to serve those who have served our country.