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copyright 2014 North Port Coalition For Homeless/Needy Children, Inc.
In the fall of 2010 there were seven ladies who saw the homeless tragedy before them and took personal responsibility to do something about it. Co-founders Jan Huegen (Past President), Diane Picataggio (President), Cheryl Doyle created the North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, Inc. registered as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation. They are also known as the "Backpack Angels." All members and volunteers are trying to make a positive difference in the lives of North Port children who, through no fault of their own, have become homeless. The goal is to keep the children in school and receive their diplomas. Because of personal hygiene some of them do not show up for class.

The group is working with two social workers assigned to the North Port schools. There is a need for backpacks filled with personal hygiene products. Students often move around with what they can carry. By having the backpacks filled with personal care products, it would be one less thing of concern. The benefit of having backpacks with supplies would allow the social workers to act with an immediate response when a student walks in the door and shares their homeless situation.

Both girls and boys are in this situation. There hundreds of homeless students attending their schools. The "Backpack Angels" have distributed thousands family bags/backpacks trying to provide them with everyday essentials. The items provided are consumables and the number of homeless/needy children continues to grow causing a constant need of toiletries and monetary donations. This is just a band-aid for the homeless problem, but with the help of people like YOU together we can make a difference in the life of a child by showing him or her someone cares.

On behalf of the students and families who are in homeless or needy situations in North Port, your willingness to help provide products to meet their needs is greatly appreciated.
(Back row L-R) Brenda Reid Cheryl Doyle Marcia Mullan Diana Hull
(Front row L-R) Pat Helms Diane Picataggio Tina Johnson
Board of Directors