SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– To most people a backpack may not seem like much, but to someone living on the streets, it can be the one thing holding your whole life together.
Tuesday, Springfield-based car audio company, Car-Fi, donated 20 backpacks to The Rare Breed. An affiliate of The Kitchen Inc., The Rare Breed is a youth outreach program designed to help at-risk and homeless youth get back on their feet.
When we asked the representatives from Car-Fi why they decided to make the donation, they said it was simply a need in the at-risk community that their company felt it could meet.
Rare Breed’s outreach coordinator told KOLR10, as opposed to traditional donations like money or food, he believes the backpacks will supply a longer lasting sense of security.
“These youth that are literally homeless, maybe sleeping under a bridge or walking around the streets all night, everything they own is what they can carry. You need something sturdy, durable, something you can put your life in,” says T
Along with that sense of security, Car-Fi representatives say they hope the backpacks give whoever receives them a sense of hope and lets them know somebody has their back during this tough time.