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,
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.
If you want to connect with St. John’s Prep, you can find them online here:
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?
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’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!
"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."
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!