Take up backpack challenge to help the homeless

Homeless Backpack Challenge is a project of The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation in partnership with The Tribe (press release):
Their purpose is to get people to challenge two other people to purchase a backpack and place in it specific items. The items are specific so that no one homeless person receives more than another.
Winter cap
Lotion or sunblock
$5 dollar gift card of choice
Lip balm
Water bottle
Any items not on the list will be accepted but will be handed out separately from the backpacks.
All back packs must be in by December 7th.

Drop Off Points:
–BTO Yogurt
9040 E Valencia Rd., Suite 172
 —BTO Yogurt
8650 E Speedway
(SW corner of Speedway and Camino Seco)
–Central City Assembly
939 S 10th Avenue
–Casa Maria
401 E 26th Street
(corner S 3rd Avenue and 26th Street)
Green Valley Robin’s Nest
18745 S I 19 Frontage Rd
Green Valley, Arizona 85614

Crowning Glory Inside Styling Etc Studios 
7385 S Houghton Rd

Bravo Insurance Solutions
8710 N Thornydale Road Suite 150

Saenz and Associates
425 W Ajo Way
The backpacks will be handed out to the homeless on December 13th at Central City Assembly.
The Homeless Backpack Challenge facebook Event:
“A Coalition of Misfits Trying to do some Good on the Streets”
The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation is a group of volunteer videographers, photographers and other like minded individuals that are advocates for the homeless and those in poverty in Tucson, Az.


Ron Austin
520 909 6913
Tucsonans: take up this challenge in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season.
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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Deadline today to hand in those backpacks with donated items. See list above for drop off places.

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