Packs with Love


Madi & Kinsey Mascali started Packs With Love in the summer of 2006. We started it because we realized we were so blessed to have a nice backpack with plenty of school supplies every year for school. We feel if you start your first day of school with a backpack filled with love, you start school feeling equal to everyone else.

Learn how to volunteer to help other kids all year long:

Packs With Love is honored to have been selected to appear on NBC Bay Area Proud. View our story below:

How Can You Volunteer?
Donate your new or gently used backpack. Start a gently-used backpack drive on your summer swim or baseball team? Ask neighbors and friends to donate their backpack. Ask your school friends to donate their pack on the last day of school.

Where to deliver your donation?
You can drop backpacks and/or school supplies at one of the following donation sites:

• Stoneridge Shopping Center information booth in Pleasanton
• Blackhawk Orthodontics in Danville
• Courtside Club in Los Gatos (at the childcare entrance)

If those sites don't work for you, you can email us at and we will pick them up.

Thanks to the following schools for collecting backpacks on the last week of school:

• Valley Christian Junior High in Dublin • San Ramon Valley Christian Academy
• Pine Valley Middle School • Charlotte Wood Middle School
• San Ramon Valley High School • Tassajara Hills Elementary School

What can you donate?
Packs With Love accepts donations of new school supplies. Some ideas for helping get school supplies... ask if your parent's business can donate supplies, have a lemonade stand in your neighborhood to raise money to buy supplies, or you can send a check payable to Packs With Love and we can buy the supplies. The supplies we collect are: Rulers, Erasers, Notebooks, Pencils, Glue Sticks, Markers, Crayons and Colored Pencils.

Love Goes Into Each Pack
Every August, we ask all kids to join us for a day to fill each backpack. It is so much fun to have so many kids fill the packs and pour love into each. We all write an encouraging note and put into each backpack.

Follow us on Twitter @packswithlove and Facebook/packswithlove to find out about our next volunteer day.

Who gets the backpacks?
Each summer we collect about 400 backpacks and we now give them to:

• Richmond School District • Teen Challenge in Oakland, California
• Open Arms in Mexico • Shelters Inc in Concord, California
• InnVision Shelter Network in San Jose, California • CASA of Contra Costa County, California

If you have a group that you think would need backpacks full of supplies, please email

Start your own Packs With Love
It would be really great if YOU started your own Packs With Love in your community! If you are us and we can get you started. Kids helping other is a fabulous feeling!


Packing Day