About Us

‘Blessings in a Backpack Holly’ was started in November 2014 for the children attending Holly Area Schools. The program is now in the process of sending backpacks of food home every weekend at all four of the Elementary Schools and the Middle School in the Holly Area School District. This program is a community based program and is run completely by volunteers to improve the quality of life for over 1,200 “at risk” children in the Holly area.

Fundraising is on-going to continue and expand the program to all the children in our community that are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. $100 provides food for one child every weekend throughout the school year. Funds to provide the program to all children on the Free or Reduced Fee meal program for a full year are required prior to beginning the program at a school. Thanks to our generous family, friends, neighbors, and community partners, this year we have been able to offer the program to all our elementary schools.

We are now providing food to over 400 children each weekend and must raise approximately $45,000 each year to allow us to keep offering this critical program.

How you can help

  • Join our team – ask to be added to our distribution list, join in our monthly meetings, or join us every Wednesday during the school year to pack the backpacks at the Karl Richter Center
  • Join one of our Key Fundraising Events – as a participant, a sponsor, or provide a donation for auction or raffle
  • Organize / hold a fund raising event and donate the proceeds to our program
  • Make a donation – a one time donation or become a full-time supporter through payroll deductions or other means

Key Annual Fundraising Events

  • Trivia Night – held each Spring
  • ‘Bowling for Backpacks’ – held each March at Holly Lanes
  • ‘Golfing Fore Backpacks’ – held each August, this golf scramble is our largest fundraising event and is very critical to our success!
  • Murder Mystery Dinner – Held each Fall around Halloween
  • Additional events are being planned, watch for updates and more event details!

More volunteers and community partners are needed to expand, and maintain this program in Holly. To learn more or become involved please contact us. If you do not have time to volunteer, you can still support this program financially. Please make a donation to Blessings in a Backpack-Holly by clicking the Donate Now button.

Please help us continue and expand this much needed program in Holly!

Thank you and God Bless.

Holly Chairperson Karen Gietzen-Stewart


Steering Committee

Chairperson – Karen Gietzen-Stewart
Ryan DeSana
Brian LeMessurier
LaChelle Lemmons
Nancy Humphreys
Linda Blair
Amy Aleo
Ann Boman
Audrey Boman

Community Partners