The sixth annual Backpacks of Hope distribution is Friday at The Rescue Mission (301 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802). More than 700 backpacks filled with essential items like hats, gloves, socks, blankets, hygiene items, and more are available for the homeless and anyone in need from 5:30-8 p.m. in The Rescue Mission’s chapel.
Backpacks of Hope was founded by Shelley Septer, mother of the late John “Zachery” Septer, who passed away in December 2011. Septer’s son has left a legacy of caring for people and treating everyone with respect and dignity. He spent a lot of his time with the homeless in the community and had a strong faith in God.
“It’s important to make a difference in the lives of people in need,” Septer said. “We learn so much from the recipients of the backpacks. Zachery understood what the face of homelessness looks like. He believed in faith, hope, and kindness.”
Through the support of many private donors, churches, and businesses, Backpacks of Hope has specially prepared backpacks for men, women, and children. Aside from Septer’s family and friends, Backpacks of Hope are made possible from many local and national donors.