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Karina’s Backpack Project Donates 6,000 Backpacks to 10 Santa Ana Unified School District Schools

On Sept. 15, Karina’s Backpack Project, in partnership with the Joy of Sharing Foundation and Dreams for Schools, kicked off its 2020 backpack distribution campaign at Madison Elementary School in the Santa Ana Unified School District. 

Over 900 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to Madison to help students prepare for the 2020-21 school year. 

In total, Karina’s Backpack Project will donate 6,000 backpacks to 10 Santa Ana Unified School District schools.

The following SAUSD elementary schools are also scheduled to receive backpacks over the next few days: Carver, Diamond, Edison, Harvey, Heroes, King, Pio Pico, Roosevelt, and Washington. 

Karina’s Backpack Project was started in 2019 by Karina Tarsadia, an Orange County teenager who had been immersed in the art of giving back from an early age. Fueled by her passion to create community connections, she thought it would be an excellent idea to provide families with elementary and middle school student supplies, resources and services for a successful school year. 

Last year, the group donated 5,500 backpacks at an event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Tuesday’s event at Madison was the group’s first distribution event of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event at Madison was facilitated via drive-thru and/or walk-up to maintain everyone's safety. 

The goal of Karina’s Backpack Project is to ensure every child they work with is equipped with the essential basic tools, resources and services for a successful school year. Their initiative  also encourages the increase of community outreach to support families in need.  

To learn more about Karina’s Backpack Project, visit