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 (Past President) and 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 students walk in the door and share their homeless situation.
and boys are in this situation. There hundreds of homeless students attending their schools. The "Backpack Angels" have distributed
thousands of 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.
copyright © 2018: North Port Coalition For Homeless / Needy Children, Inc.