About Us
Blessings in a Backpack-HOLLYprogram has been formed for the children attending the Holly Area Schools. The program under the chairmanship of Karen Gietzen-Stewart is now in the process to raise the necessary funds to begin sending backpacks home to the many children in your community that are in need of food over the weekend. This program is a community based program run by 100% volunteers giving of their time and talents to improve the quality of life for “at risk” children in the Holly area. Many people do not realize that 1,359 school children of the Holly Schools or 40% of the school population are at risk for food insecurity.How can children learn if they are hungry? 


The Blessings in a Backpack-Holly Committee has decided to begin a pilot program for one Elementary school. The school selected is Holly Elementary. They are currently raising the funds to start sending backpacks home with school-age children who are on the Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Program. The goal of the Committee is to expand this program to the other three elementary schools and then to the remaining schools in the district as additional funds become available. 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.


We began this journey to start a Blessings in a Backpack” program in Holly, this past November. Since then the small Holly Blessings in a Backpack team has raised $8,500! However to begin this much needed program in Holly this fall, at our pilot school, Holly Elementary, we must raise a total of $22,000….

  • $100 provides one child food every weekend (6 meals) for an entire school year
  • A full year of funding must be raised in advance to start this program: there are 220 eligible children at Holly Elementary School, our pilot school – so $22,000 total is needed
  • We hope to eventually expand to all schools in Holly as funding is raised so we can feed all 1,359 of our children

Our next fundraising event is our “HOLLY GOLFING FORE BACKPACKs” AUGUST 23 at Coyote Preserve Golf Club!

Thank you to all our sponsors, golfers and generous friends, family, and businesses that donated to make this a very successful event!

Please visit this website monthly to see the progress we are making and for upcoming events. More volunteers and community partners are needed to start, expand, and maintain this program in Holly. Additional volunteers will be needed for on-going fundraising and weekly packing / transporting of backpacks once we are able to send backpacks home.

Please help us start this much needed program in Holly!
Thank you, Holly Chairperson Karen Gietzen-Stewart kgietzenstewart@gmail.com


Murder Mystery Dinner
October 28, 2016

To view the Event PDF click HERE


Steering Committee

Karen Gietzen-Stewart

Community Partners

Divine Mercy Catholic Community

Divine Mercy Knights of Columbus

Engineered Combustion Systems

The Oscar W. Larson, Co.