Phillin’ The Love

Posted 9/30/2014 At 11:38am

It looks likes Philadelphia plans to put our bags to good use. 

Our second biggest bad-drop to date (you win, NYC) involved Beyonce, Urban Outfitters, two drop sites, and over 500 backpacks. 

Thanks to all of these Philadelphia news sources who took notice of our mission! Here are some of the highlights,

Role Models of the Week: Ben and Sam Blizard

Posted 9/25/2014 At 3:41pm


When 8th grader Ben Blizard heard about the annual Operation Backpack drive at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, his older brother Sam’s school, he decided to take on the challenge by himself. Relying both on his social media connections and the kindness of his neighbors in Ipswich, Ben collected 90 backpacks, 33 of them within a 24-hour period.  

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STATE: Ben, as an 8th grader, you’re not yet a student at St. John’s Prep. What moved you to collect these supplies on your own and why has this become so important to you?

Ben: “I was reading the St. John’s Prep “Parent’s Weekly” newsletter and saw that their Campus Ministry Department was organizing an “Operation Backpack” for the kids at the Mathers School in Dorchester where new (or gently used) backpacks needed to be collected and donated.  I asked my brother Sam (Sophomore class of 2017 at St. John’s) if I could make flyers and use my social media contacts like Instagram, to help collect backpacks for the drive.  He said that we should shoot for the 80 backpack goal and see if we could bring in 100% of the total.  In less than a week, we actually collected 90.  People were so generous that they actually went out and bought new back packs to donate - or that some families even filled them with new school supplies.  It was great to see Mr. Molloy’s reaction (Head of SJP Campus Ministry) when we dropped off all of the garbage bags full of backpacks.  I hope something as small as a new backpack will help the kids at the Mathers School get off to a great start this school year.”
STATE: Sam, how did you and your younger brother collect supplies for Operation Backpack, and what did you find to be the biggest challenge of it all?
Sam: “My brother Ben will be applying to St. John’s Prep this fall so he has been pretty in tune to the things going on at Campus since I joined as a freshman last year.   Once he told me that he wanted to help, I thought it would be fun to make the program’s 80 back pack goal our personal target.  When we both got home from school, we ended up running door-to-door asking friends and neighbors if they had extra back packs or “last year’s models” stuffed in a closet somewhere.  In just 24 hours, we collected 33 backpacks so we knew we were on to something.  The biggest challenge we had was finding a place to store all of them at our house.  You’ll see that we took over my parent’s porch so that we could sort them by newest to oldest.  It was fun helping the kids at the Mathers School and we hope that they know we have their “backs(-pack)” up at St. John’s.” 

STATE of Vanity Affairs

Posted 9/25/2014 At 12:15pm

We’re excited to share this back-to-school shout out from Vanity Fair! We’re in great company with brands such as J. Crew and Vans. Check out VF’s  ultimate swagger-ed out school year wardrobe featuring The Kane! 

It feels good knowing we’re loved by urbanoutfitters!

It feels good knowing we’re loved by urbanoutfitters!

Posted 9/23/2014 At 2:10pm

Backpack Awareness Day

Posted 9/22/2014 At 9:38pm

STATE would like to wish all of our GiveBackGals and GiveBackGuys a happy belated Backpack Awareness Day! Started by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and celebrated on the third Wednesday of September, National Backpack Awareness Day is to educate students, parents, teachers, and communities about proper backpack usage. Here’s to zipping up and packing smart!

STATE x Shawn Carter

Posted 9/10/2014 At 2:09pm

It’s been a star-studded month here at STATE! We recently teamed up with Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation to outfit 100 kids living in the Marcy Projects with new STATE Bags!

Brownsville Bag Drop!

Posted 9/6/2014 At 11:01am

"I think what I’m supposed to do now that I have a bookbag is be a leader, and give things to people who don’t have." 


Happy Birthday Bey!

Posted 9/4/2014 At 5:23pm

Another Successful Year at Camp POWER!

Posted 9/4/2014 At 11:43am
6 years ago STATE Bags co-founding duo, Scot and Jacq founded Country Roads Foundation and its signature program, Camp POWER - a one week, fully-funded summer camp for hundreds of kids growing up in New York’s most underfunded neighborhoods. Last week, 175 kids from East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook, Brooklyn landed at camp…and on each of their beds was their own STATE Garfield bag. Yet another dream come true for the founding couple.  

Thank You Newark!

Posted 9/2/2014 At 9:04pm

STATE X #BeyGOOD was still reeling from Philly, but we burned rubber to get to Newark for another spirited bag drop at Spark Academy.

 DJ Fame and our Packmen had a great time at KIPP Charter School, giving away bags and associated supply swag.

In Newark, over 50 percent of the residents live in poverty with African-American and Hispanic poverty rates triple that of their white counterparts.  The cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the country.

It was our pleasure to donate over 300 bags to this struggling area.  Look out NYC, you’re next!