Project Backpack

Project Backpack is La Casa de Don Pedro’s campaign to support Newark’s children as they get ready for school.  We are seeking your help to gather donations of 500 backpacks and school supplies to distribute to Newark children at the upcoming 12th Annual Festival de la Familia on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 that we co-host with the City of Newark.  With your donation, you’ll help energize some of Newark’s most vulnerable children, getting them prepared and excited to return to school.

“Project Backpack” aims to make the coming 2019/2020 school year a memorable one by ensuring that Newark children return to school ready to succeed and on the path toward an enriching education!

On Saturday, August 3rd join La Casa de Don Pedro and CKO Kickboxing-Newark for the Project Backpack Punch-A-Thon! Members & non-members are welcome to attend and can work out with us for a good cause!

Come to CKO Kickboxing-Newark and reserve a kickboxing bag for one of the two Project Backpack Punch-A-Thon classes on August 3rd from 8:15am-9:15 am or 9:30 am- 10:30 am. 

100% of the proceeds will go towards La Casa de Don Pedro’s Project Backpack campaign to give away backpacks filled with school supplies at the 12th Annual Festival de la Familia to help Newark children get ready for the coming 2019/2020 school year!

If you cannot attend the classes but would still like to make a donation you can do so via our secure online website or email us at 

La Casa de Don Pedro and friends hosted an evening of Wine & Cheese! Guests ages 21+ enjoyed a night of art, entertainment, great company, food & drinks, and charitable giving!

Wine & Cheese Night
At RyArMo Photography Studios
74 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark NJ
Thursday, July 25  |  6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

A fundraiser for Project Backpack

Admission to the fundraiser was one new quality backpack or $15 worth of school supplies.

All donations collected go towards Project Backpack, La Casa’s campaign to prepare Newark children for the coming school year.  We will distribute the backpacks filled with school supplies at Newark’s 12th Annual Festival de la Familia on Sunday, August 18th.

Ways To Get Involved In Project Backpack:

Help La Casa de Don Pedro distribute another 500 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies to Newark children! Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Drop off school supplies or backpacks by August 9, 2019 to La Casa de Don Pedro’s Administrative Office at: 75 Park Ave, Newark, NJ.
  2. Volunteer with us during the week of August 12th to assemble backpacks.
  3. Volunteer at Festival de la Familia to help distribute the backpacks.

All Project Backpack supporters donating $250 or more worth of backpacks and/or school supplies will be recognized on all Festival de la Familia and Project Backpack materials, including social media, e-blasts, banners, posters, and T-Shirts.  (To be recognized on banners, posters, and t-shirts, please be sure to make your commitment by July 8th) Businesses are welcome to hold their own drives to support the cause or they can coordinate directly with us.

Need some ideas? Quality backpacks, folders, pencils, crayons, notebooks, pencil cases, and the range of school supplies school children of all ages will need to be prepared to enter school in the fall. Select supplies from our Amazon Wish list List! Choose La Casa as your Amazon Smile charity and a portion of your purchase goes right back to La Casa!

Drop off your donations to 75 Park Avenue now through August 9th.