Donate a backpack to Homeless Backpack Challenge




“In 2014 & 2015 The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation  provided backpacks containing specific needed items, clothing & other necessities to 400 people of the homeless, the poor, those in need, and many children.”

From Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation FB page:

“It’s that time of year again, when the cool starts creeping in, our hearts are full of cheer and generosity, and we help those who are in need. For the last two years, we have been serving the homeless population of Tucson by providing backpacks full of necessities for everyday life, especially during the winter. We rely on generous donations from our community to compile these backpacks for our fellow friends on the streets.

So what can you do to help someone in need this holiday season? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here’s the challenge!
Compile a backpack with the supplies listed below and THEN challenge two others to purchase and fill a backpack below. Is your challengee out of town or state, but wants to contribute? Let them sponsor you by giving you the money to do the fun part and fill the backpack!
Please adhere to the list below, and don’t add any extras. By limiting the items to the ones listed, no homeless person receives more items than the other. We don’t want anyone to feel singled out! Any items that are donated that are not listed will be accepted but will be kept separate from the backpack items to be given out separately.

Thank you for your participation! There is power in numbers and we as a people can make a huge impact on our community!

Items for the backpacks:

winter cap
lotion or sunblock
$5 gift card from fast food or a store of your choice
Lip balm
water bottle
(Any items that are not on the list will be accepted but will be handed out separately from the backpacks)

Backpacks must be collected by NOVEMBER 28TH. THANK YOU!!”


Bravo Insurance Solutions, 8710 N Thornydale Rd, Tucson, Az 85742

Green valley Robin’s Nest Styling Salon, 18745 S I 19 Frontage Rd, Green Valley, Az 85614

Saenz and Associates, 425 W Ajo Way, Tucson, Az 85713

Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, 401 E 26th St, Tucson, Az 85713

Micha’s G & M Restaurant 2908 S 4th Avenue, Tucson, Az 85713

Tutuli Studi, 4262 N 1st Ave, Suite 130, Studio 15

Tucson Urban League Angel Family Resource Center, 100 W 37th St, South Tucson, AZ 85713

This year, we are lucky enough to team up with the WORKship Project in the Z Mansion, where our friends are fed a warm meal weekly. For more information on WORKship, please visit

Also you can also  donate via a Go Fund Me campaign: $765 raised so far with goal of $1500.

Distribution of the backpacks will be on December 4, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Z Mansion, 288 N. Church Ave. Tucson.




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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