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BFL x Times Square, NYC

Backpacks For Life was recently given a unique opportunity to showcase our work with veterans in need on one of the largest advertising platforms in the world...Times Square! With millions of people passing through each day, this was an incredible place to showcase our work and shed light on some of the veteran issues that many people may not know about. 

With such a big project in our hands, we wanted to make sure that we were bringing the most important pieces of what we do to the big screen which included highlighting our work with Liquid Church, who donated over 2,000 backpacks to us this past fall.

We are running ads in times square for the next few months so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

You can check out some great video footage from some of the creative team HERE.

Special thanks to all the creative geniuses behind these amazing pieces: Drew O'Brien Creative, Beard + Bowler and Liquid Church

BFL x 94.7 Nash Matters Show

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.

BFL x 880 AM News

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:

Backpacks For Life on 880 AM News

Backpacks For Life Receives Backpack Donation from Hometown Heroes

     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:

In Episode 3 of Food Hero Mimi Kozma, Mimi Kozma and Mike Schwartz introduce Brett D'Alessandro. Brett, an active duty member of the United States Marine Corp. has recently launched the organization, Backpacks for Life in Verona, New Jersey.