Backpacks For Life went into NYC to speak about our cause on the 94.7 'Nash Matters' show which highlights programs and things going on in the local community. We got a chance to tell people Brett's story and also explain how we are connecting veterans with the crucial resources they need to get back on their feet.
As part of his pregame show, New York Yankees' manager Joe Gerardi, speaks on behalf of an organization before each game to highlight the great work that nonprofits and charities are doing. We were asked to send a T-Shirt to Joe which he would wear while speaking about what we do for veterans.
This pregame show was featured on YES Network so we were able to successfully reach a large audience to familiarize them with veterans who are at risk of becoming and are homeless. Watch the video HERE
As a result of Joe Gerardi's amazing nod to the incredible work going on with Backpacks For Life and the other charities he acknowledged, we were then contacted by a writer from the New York Times. The New York Times built an article surrounding both Gerardi and the charities for their work. We were honored to be featured as a result - you can read the New York Times Article here.
In May of 2015, Backpacks For Life attended the Liberty Lightning 9k, held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. It wasn't the best day weather wise for a 9k but we ended up luckier than most!
By the end of the day, we had many visitors to our tent (some to stay dry) but others curious about what the big red tent was. In turn, we met a radio correspondent from the popular 880 AM news. He was reporting for Memorial Day Weekend and it was a perfect fit that our nonprofit was geared towards our service men and women.
Listen to our interview with 880 AM News below:
U.S. Marine Sgt. Brett D'Alessandro started the non-profit Backpacks for Life, where he fills backpacks with supplies and distributes them to homeless veterans.
We are very excited to share that we have been working with Mimi Kozma, a resident of the Montclair area, in her persuit of creating a docuseries called 'Food Hero', This docuseries is meant to help someone in need by using food. Mimi and her team reached out to us asking if we would want to be featured on her show. A few weeks later, Backpacks For Life went over to Ariane's Kitchen & Bar of Verona, NJ to film with Mimi and her team. We were so honored to have Mimi prepare an awesome meal for us and share our story with her. At the end of filming, we were in complete shock when Mimi presented us with a donation of 140 backpacks! In collaboration with Hometown Heroes, a nonprofit based out of South Jersey, Mimi was able to help us continue to serve our homless veteran community. Check out our full episode below: