Fill-A-Backpack Drive: More Info and FAQs

This year it will look a bit different, but our annual Fill-A-Backpack Drive is back!

At the Sacramento Children’s Home, we know that a bright future begins with a good education. Unfortunately, many of the children we serve lack resources for proper supplies, whether in person or distance learning from home. For children in need, something as simple as a new backpack can boost their confidence and self-esteem, and supplies for home learning can set them on a path to success.

We are currently accepting filled backpacks, much-needed school supplies for children distance learning, gift cards, and financial donations to assist the families we serve in purchasing required materials.

Donating toward the SCH Fill-A-Backpack Drive is an easy way to get involved and support the Sacramento Children’s Home. This year, we’re hoping to provide backpacks and school supplies to local children who need them most.

We’ve created a flyer to provide detailed shopping lists by age group.
Click here to see the flyer.

We’ve also created online shopping lists for your convenience. Click on one of the links below to access the registry of your choice; or feel free to select items of your own choosing.

Shopping Lists


Frequently Asked Questions

Has the Fill-A-Backpack Drive changed due to COVID-19?
This year, we’ve built suggested shopping lists on Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Visit the online retailer of your choice, fill your cart with what you’re comfortable with, and have it shipped directly to us! Additionally, you’re welcome to provide a financial gift or donate a gift card to assist us in getting children who will be distance learning the tools and supplies needed to succeed.

I’d prefer not to shop. How can I donate funds directly to the Fill-A-Backpack Drive?
If you’d like to provide a cash donation in lieu of shopping, please go to, select Designation: Other and type in “Fill-A-Backpack” or mail us a check with “Fill-A-Backpack” on the memo line.

If I do shop, where do I ship the backpacks/supplies/gift cards to?
Sacramento Children’s Home
Attn: Backpack Drive
2750 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95820

Do I need to purchase every item on the list?
While we’d appreciate if each shipment contained a backpack full of all items a student needs, we also welcome smaller donations – whatever you are comfortable donating.

Are there any restrictions?
Some schools restrict solid blue and solid red backpacks as these are deemed gang colors. If this is the only option available to you, we will accept them. We collect for both boys and girls, from preschool age to high school.

When do you need them by?
We will gladly accept them through early September.

I really love to shop in person, can I still do that?
While we would prefer to have the items shipped, we can accommodate no-contact drop-offs scheduled in advance. Please contact
Ann Checkley (916) 290-8203 to discuss the details.

Will I receive a donation receipt?
To request a donation receipt, please email your contact information and value of your donation to