2nd Annual Community Backpack Giveaway

July 27, 2018, we held our 2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway and it was a huge success. Darling's Legal Docs, along with over 40 other business were able to giveaway over 700 backpacks and raise over $3,000.00 for Barstow's Preschool program. We are all so appreciative of the members of our community and hope that all of the children that attended our event have a successful school year. 


Check It Out

There's was so much to see at the event and we had the pleasure of working with Chuck from CS Photography 85 to cover the giveaway. Click the link below to check out pictures and even purchase the ones of yourself as a keepsake. 

CS Photography 85

How It Started


Why Not

July, 2017 Aaron Salas was looking for a way to give back to the children of Barstow and came up with the idea of giving away backpacks. Knowing that education has played a huge role in her success, she thought that a backpack with supplies would be the perfect tool to get any child ready for school.  She reached out to family, friends and local business owners to donate goods, services and of course the backpacks. 

August 7, 2017 was a very hot day in the desert, but with over 300 people in attendance, our small Barstow community was able to come together and giveaway 268 backpacks to kids from preschool to seniors in high school. The event was very well received and with the kids returning to school August 8th this year, why wouldn't we bring this event back again! 

The date has been set and have moved our event to a larger area; Don Bilsborough Gymnasium. We are ironing out the details, but look forward to an even better turnout than last year. I hope everyone is able to attend our family day of fun as we kick off our 2nd year to ensure that these kids have everything they need to start a successful 2018-2019 school year. 


Our Community -From Aaron Salas

I am so proud of what this community is able to accomplish. There are so many open arms in this town and I know that if everyone is able to just give a little, the children of our community will be more prepared for school. 

How to get involved?


If you are interested in donating or would like to be a vendor at our event for 2019, please contact Aaron Salas for more details. (760) 265-3445 or direct questions to barstowbackpacks@yahoo.com

What to include?


We ask that you donate whatever supplies you feel a child would need to start off a successful school year. Be creative, make each bag special for that child. 

  • Notebook
  • Pens and/or Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sharpener
  • Highlighter
  • Crayons and/or Markers
  • Index Cards
  • Blank Paper

Some bags from last year included snacks, water bottles, pencil boxes, toothbrush, toothpaste. It's really whatever you'd like. Make sure to include a special note so that child knows who especially put their bag together. 



We also have various raffles at our event that helps keep our parents entertained and gives us a way to raise money to cut costs of our event for future years to come. 

If your small business is interested in just making a donation, please contact Aaron Salas at (760) 265-3445.