Custom-Designed Backpacks For Homeless Individuals Distributed at Rising Hope Mission Church, Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, June 3 in Partnership with The CITYPAK Project

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – 6 June, 2016 – Heartlight Ministries, Women of Heritage Presbyterian Church, and The CITYPAK Project distributed custom-designed backpacks to homeless individuals in need at Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, June 3, 2016. Rising Hope provides a wide range of community services including meals, food pantry and produce handout, clothing, hypothermia shelter, and job search assistance.

This donation is underwritten by grants from the Women of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, with additional contributions from Heartlight Ministries. Heritage Presbyterian Women has an ongoing commitment to build an inclusive, caring community of women, and supports a range of local and global mission efforts.

Heartlight Ministries, a non-profit organization in Alexandria, Virginia dedicated to improving conditions for the homeless in Northern Virginia, receives tax-deductible grants and donations to purchase the backpacks from The Citypak Project in Chicago IL. Heartlight Ministries is a partner organization with The Citypak Project; Citypak is an initiative of the Selma Breskin Kaplan Foundation, and was founded by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Ron Kaplan.

Heartlight Ministries facilitates donation of the backpacks to local shelters and mission organizations for distribution to their clients.

The CITYPAK project distributes safe, convenient, and versatile backpacks that are uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless. The backpacks provide a secure place for displaced citizens to hold their belongings, and feature a spacious main compartment for a large amount of items, a hide-away poncho designed to keep both the bag and its wearer dry, a ballistic nylon outer shell strong enough to combat the elements, a cinch-top closure for extra waterproofing, and anti-theft measures.

CITYPAK Founder Ron Kaplan explains, “Giving away backpacks isn’t the solution to the complex issue of homelessness facing our country, but it’s something we can do to make a small difference for people in this difficult situation.”

Today,The CITYPAK Project encourages its local distribution partners in each city to create programs that use the donated CITYPAKs as incentives for their homeless clients. The programs use a voucher system that trades program participation for a CITYPAK, thus encouraging people experiencing homelessness to more fully engage with service providers that can help them. The public can donate at www.citypak.org to provide a CITYPAK to a neighbor in need.

For more information about Women of Heritage Presbyterian Church and to make a donation, go to http://www.heritagechurchva.org/

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