Kelley Backpacks

Kelley Backpacks

Right before Christmas the Telegram had a short uninformative blurb about UMass Students collecting items for foster children (Kelley Backpacks). I wanted more info on what I could do to help, so I tracked down the students running Kelley Backpacks and collected some information to share (they have no web presence at this time). If you would like to help children entering foster care in central Massachusetts this is how you can do so:

Donation location: The Kelley Backpacks donation box is located at the UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus Benedict Building – Family Medicine waiting area, 1st floor (see map).  The donation box will be available Monday through Friday during business hours (due to hospital policy).  If you cannot bring your donation during these hours, please contact to arrange a pick-up time.

Kelley Backpacks

Items Needed: We accept donations of new or “good as new” items.  We are always in need of backpacks and clothingsocksunderwear, pajamas and hats/mittens (for infants through teenagers).  We will also gladly accept:

Personal care items: Baby wipes, diapers, formula, baby bottles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, hair brushes, hair elastics

Transitional items: Stuffed animals and blankets

Activities and School Supplies: Small toys or games, books for youth (in any language), notebooks, coloring books, pencils, pens, markers, crayons

To make a monetary donation: Please make your check payable to “UMass Medical School” and INCLUDE “KELLEY BACKPACKS” IN THE MEMO LINE.  Kate Gomes, who works in the Development Office, manages Kelley Backpacks donations.  Please send your check to:

UMass Medical School

Development Office – attn: Kate Gomes

333 South Street

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

If would like to be kept you up to date about the progress of project. You can email Alison Little of Kelley Backpacks at


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One Response to Kelley Backpacks

  1. Linnea says:

    We just cleaned out Selena’s room so we’ll have to bring some donations soon!

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