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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 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to provide homeless veterans with life essentials that they cannot provide for themselves. With each backpack, we hope to not only provide homeless veterans with the things they need for daily living but also give them hope and resources for the future.

Results: To date, we have handed out over 1,200 backpacks to homeless veterans in need by attending Stand Down events and visiting local homeless shelters where we get to know veterans and give them the support they need. We've also been contacted by homeless veterans individually when they are in need of help and we send them a backpack full of resources.

Target demographics: homeless veterans get back on their feet

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200 homeless veterans

Geographic areas served: the tri-state area

Programs: backpacks, full of daily essentials such as toiletries, clothing and resources for where to find organizations that can help them out

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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❤️❤️❤️

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

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpacks For Life provides a crucial support mechanism to veterans who are trying to find their way. Self-worth is key to growth.

1 Gary I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Sgt. Brett D'Alessandro for your ongoing service to our country and now our veterans in creating such an essential organization, Backpacks for Life. Boy Scout Troop 414 volunteers at the Jan Hus Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program, located in Manhattan, for the Tuesday evening dinner program, serving many veterans. A few months back Brett came in with Backpacks and Troop 414 was honored to serve both dinner and backpacks to many honored veterans who have served our country. I encourage everyone to volunteer and contribute to Backpacks. You are the best Brett!

3 Kathy244

Donor

Rating: 4

Thank you to Backpacks for Life for all the amazing work you are doing for our Veterans returning from service. We need to support this non profit any way we can and show our men/women who defended our freedom our gratitude. Please visit their FB page and support this non-profit. Let's show our returning Veteran's we're here for them!
Brett has not only served our Country but has identified an area where the Veteran's could use assistance. He never hesitated and immediately went into action providing the staples in backpacks for men/women that are in need.
These men/women went to into active duty when they were called by our Country. Now is the time that we call EVERY person in this Country to donate to Backpack for Life to help this amazing non-profit give back to the returning Veterans in need.
Thank you Backpack for Life and Brett for honoring our Veterans and providing them with the staples with respect and merit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization!!!! They help those who need the help most, our brave veterans. Thank you guys and keep up the great work!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Brett and his amazing organization on helping supply the wonderful backpacks for our homeless veterans. My company is SOC (Sandpiper of California) and we are located in San Diego which is a big military city with our Navy Base and Marines at Camp Pendleton. We have our own challenges here in San Diego with homeless veterans who come home from the war to nothing but the streets. We have an organization here called VVSD (Vietnam Veterans of S.D.) that helps out the best they can. Still what our soldiers come home to is a tough adjustment back into society. What Brett and his Backpacks for Life organization is doing is what all civilians should participate in. His backpacks are a wonderful blessing to our Veterans to show them we have not forgotten their service to our country in the end of days terrorism this world is dealing with. Good will triumph over evil and we must pull together like Brett D'Alessandro and his wonderful organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpacks for Life is is an amazing organization founded by Brett D'Alessandro as a means to give back to homeless veterans who lack the essential daily items which we take for granted. It also provides resources for assistance. I think it is a rewarding way for this Marine to give back to his country and I can't say enough good things about Backpacks for Life

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpacks for Life is is an amazing organization founded by Brett D'Alessandro as a means to give back to homeless veterans who lack the essential daily items which we take for granted. It also provides resources for assistance. I think it is a rewarding way for this Marine to give back to his country and I can't say enough good things about Backpacks for Life

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seldom been so impressed with an organization. My theatre company, South Camden Theatre Company, just presented a weekend of short plays about American veterans and we contacted Brett to have our audience support his group in helping homeless veterans. Brett was at the shows on Saturday, met the audience and impressed all of us with his commitment and drive. This is a special group that is more than worthy of anyone's support. He works tirelessly helping other veterans. We should all be proud to support him.