The club collected backpacks throughout February as its monthly service project. Club president Michael Ayalon presented the backpacks to Edmonds during Tuesday’s Rotary meeting.
The donated backpacks will be used for the foundation’s Backpacks of Love program, in which backpacks are filled with essential necessities and given to children of all ages who are victims of child abuse. Each backpack is gender and age specific and includes items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, soap/body wash, shampoo and age-appropriate books and toys.
The Keith Edmonds Foundation has the backpacks ready to go, and the Department of Children’s Services and local law enforcement call the foundation when a child is removed from an abusive home. A member of the foundation immediately takes a backpack to the child’s location.
Edmonds, a survivor of child abuse, founded the foundation as a way to support children who are victims of child abuse.
For the club’s March service project, members will collect specific items needed by local nonprofit Empower Me Day Camp. Those items will be donated to Empower Me at the end of the month.