Volunteers Add 'Kindness Cards'
To This Week's Take Home Bags
May 4, 2021
Gosh what a busy Tuesday!
This incredible crew packed up over 1,540 pounds of food to send home to hungry kids.
Then, they shifted gears and “reset” the work table with another 1,500-2,000 pounds of food, so we’ll be ready to send food out again next week!
Our morning was filled with lots of fun, laughter and so much kindness.
Notice the cards in the hands of the volunteers! These are “Kindness Cards” that were added to this week's "Take Home" bags so our children will have an idea of how much their community cares about them!
The notes, filled with kind wishes written by volunteers, also includes a special message from Dr. Aaron A. Leavell, Superintendent, Bremerton School District 100-C.
The envelopes also are filled with little surprises (like stickers) wishing our kids lots of kindness in their day!
Between packing the take home bags and the reset, volunteers moved over 3,000 pounds of food in about 90 minutes this morning! That builds lots of muscles — no need to go to the gym!
The Brigade is more grateful for the kindness our community demonstrates everyday and for the willing hearts and hands of our volunteers, than we have words to express!
Thank you everyone!!! You are making a difference!
This Year's Kitsap Great Give Nets
$12,000 for BBB and Its Mission
May 3, 2021
Kat Pauley hands over the Honda Civic Keys to Brian Sprague. She donated the car to the Backpack Brigade, and Brian and his wife Katie purchased it as a surprise for their son Ethan's birthday. Katie is a Bremerton elementary teacher who has has seen first-hand the benefits of the program for her students. Proceeds went to the Brigade. Below is one of the Take Home bags that went to Katie's students.
Donation of Honda Civic Brings Joy
to Birthday Boy & Funds to Brigade
"It has really hit me this year what an awesomely supportive community we live in"
April 30, 2021
Well folks, it is Friday, it is Spring and we have a great deal! Even with social distancing and masks, a special bond was created!
@KatPauley is the wonderful donor of her gently used 2006 Honda Civic and Brian and @KatieMcLeanSprague are the new proud owners (with an offer that went over and beyond the asking price)!
We'll let Mom (Katie) tell the story:
"We got to surprise our kiddo and support one of our favorite groups, the Bremerton Backpack Brigade at the same time!
"The proceeds from this car sale are being donated to this fantastic program by an incredibly kind civic superhero.
"I am spoiled and get to watch my students receive their bags every week — and I can tell you this program means so much to the kids and families it serves.
"One of my students in the program this year loves combing through the food and surprises each week and telling me what meals he is going to make his family. The relief and excitement in his eyes makes my heart so happy.
It has really hit me this year what an awesomely supportive community we live in and we are so happy to be able to help!
Ethan is thrilled too — not just for the birthday present but for the chance to help many of his friends who have benefited from the program as well."
We are thrilled and your gift will go a long way to help the children and families that we serve fight food insecurity.
Many thanks to Kat, Brian and Katie for your support of the Brigade!
Happy Birthday and safe driving to Ethan!
Local Salvation Army
Really Socks It To Us
With Giant Donation
April 23, 2021
The Brigade has experienced an amazing week of abundance!!!!
We have participated in the Kitsap Great Give with over 80 donors and funds that will help us into the new program year next fall.
Our volunteers have packed out our weekly "Take Home" bags for families in need. On Tuesday afternoon we had a great Board of Director's meeting where we discussed future plans for the Brigade's growth and outreach in the community.
And to top off the week, Matt Ballard and his great team at the Habitat Store, received and delivered a giant donation from
It included beef stew, clam chowder and peanut butter for meals and dried fruit and nut mix for snacks.
And the real kicker: there are over 1,000 pairs of wonderful Bombas socks for our children. Oh my goodness, there will be plenty of warm feet and warm tummies over the next few weeks!
Thank you to the Salvation Army for your generous donations to fight food insecurity and to keep little toes warm. Thank you to Matt Ballard and his team for their gifts of time, strong backs and strong muscles and passion to help hungry children.
Thank you to our Board of Directors who give of their time, talents and treasure to help guide the Brigade as we strive to grow and reach out to support the community.
Thank you to our faithful volunteers who show up in rain, sleet or sunny weather! And Thank you Bremerton for your generous ongoing support!
Jan. 29, 2021
The Brigade needs some help!
Our normal distribution sources and food drives are out of commission during this pandemic. But we're still trying to help 175-plus families in need in our community through our weekly "Take Home" bags.
Food insecurity is more pressing for families as the economy is so challenged.
So, please check out the picture, and if you are out shopping and can grab some of these items to donate, please do.
Donations can be dropped off by appointment at the pantry (please call Myra Battin at (360) 471-9588) or at the Kitsap Habitat Store, 3451 Wheaton Way.
Schools are now moving into a hybrid mode but we will continue to aid families in need in conjunction with the Bremerton School District Grab-N-Go meal program.
Thank you, Bremerton, for your help in making this possible!!!