Backpack Campaign

by Onelight

  • $200,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • $102,570.80

    Funds Raised
  • Campaign Never Ends

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Campaign Story

Free backpacks to the homeless and families suffering from Domestic Violence.

Creating backpacks

One Light Charity Foundation black backpack

We pack our backpacks carefully and donate them to people who do not have a permanent home.

Emergency backpacks

We pack and donate emergency backpacks to women, babies and children. Family violence forces them to leave their homes at short notice.

The items inside the bags include toiletries, sanitary products, books, toys and clothing.

Eighty-five thousand homeless women need your help. Many have fled domestic violence or experienced extreme poverty. We want to make them feel special. By donating just $150, you can help. It’s simple, making a big difference in someone’s life. We offer a variety of ways for you to donate. You can donate products, cash, trade and crypto.

Backpacks for children

Most children who escape domestic violence relationships are scared and vulnerable. Sometimes, they have to leave their belongings behind. In the children’s bags, we include toys, activities and clothes. Receiving a backpack gives them a sense of belonging. They don’t have to give it away.

We hope the bags will make it easier for women to leave violent homes. Please read our blog about why a good education is essential to change and heal our World.

Backpacks for children

Backpacks for the street

Building a backpack

Our Charity carefully selects items and pack emergency backpacks for men, women, babies and children who probably don’t have a permanent home.

  • It means they are not able to prepare food regularly.
  • Don’t sleep in the same place for very long.
  • They don’t have any safe place to store their belongings because they may live and sleep outside.
  • We consider that they may have to carry all or most of their belongings on their back.
  • These conditions and the seasons define the items which are helpful to them and things that generally are not.
  • So we personalise male and female backpacks and choose age-appropriate items for babies, toddlers and older children.

Our story:

Recently we handed out a few backpacks at a community feed. Read more about us and the causes that we support.

It was very humbling to experience the gratitude and to see how faces lit up when rough sleepers received a backpack. Unfortunately, we were unable to gift everyone on that night with a backpack. But we committed that the backpack Campaign will not stop and that we will continue to change lives, one bag at a time.

Someone cares

Getting a backpack gives a little encouragement. It sends a message that someone cares. A small gift that can make a big difference to someone who is going through a rough patch.

The backpacks themselves are one of the most valued items of the gift to our fellow travellers. They become homes for people who are constantly on the move.

$150 cash = 1 Backpack

Top needs of the homeless

Former homeless people have opened up about those things, and we have shared some of the standout ways to help below.

  • Footwear Socks.
  • Sanitary products Tampons/pads are expensive and often overlooked in donations.
  • Bathroom products such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and deodorant are toiletries many of us take for granted.
  • Dental hygiene essentials.
  • Packs of everyday underwear.
  • All-weather blankets, or blankets made of wool or fleece.
  • Notebooks, pencils, erasers and pencil case.

"Thanks the One Light Charity Foundation - their backpack gifts made a difference this week to some of our clientele"

Sharyn WatsonThe Movement
Image of a black backpack with clothing and personal hygiene items on display for the One Light Charity backpack Campaign for the homeless.

Items for homeless backpacks.

Self-respect is probably the most important gift we can give. This means no junk in our packs. While they have to be inexpensive, it’s essential to take time to find and choose the best quality items we can afford, things which will not break, which will do their job and not disappoint.

  • There are a few specific clothing items: watch caps, gloves, socks, etc.
  • Survival gear: duct tape, emergency ‘space’ blankets, hand warmers, etc.
  • Hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, etc.
  • Food: eating utensils, cans of food, power bars, bottled water, etc.

Thank You We Are Grateful For Your Support.

  • 29-10-2019

    Summer Backpack Campaign

    Christmas Season Image of Black Backpacks with white cross on the left corner advertising Backpack Campaign

    Christmas Backpacks

    ⭐️A small gift that can make a big difference to someone who is going through a rough patch.
    We pack our backpacks carefully and donate it to people who do not have a permanent home.
    It’s simple. By donating just $75, you can help.

  • 31-10-2019

    Seasonal Backpacks

    We ❣️ our colourful Summer Backpacks!
    The conditions and the seasons define the items when we pack our backpacks. Our Christmas Backpacks include items such as:

    • Towels
    • Towels
    • Sun caps
    • Sun protection cream
    • Footwear
    • Products such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and
      deodorant, toiletries many of us take for granted.
    • Dental hygiene essentials.
    • Personalised Christmas gift and encouraging
      message from Uplifting Books.
    Example of toiletry items included in backpacks


    Example of towels included as a backpack item



    Example of socks packed in the backpacks


    Image of black backpacks with Bibles

    Christmas gifts with personalised messages donated by Uplifting Books

  • 2019 (25-Winter and 50-Summer Backpacks donated)

    The Movement Gold Coast Homeless Outreach
    December 7 at 6:57 PM ·
    “We are so humbled by the donation of 50 backpacks from One Light Charity Foundation. These are waterproof and are filled with a towel, socks, cap, care pack, a Bible and an energy bar. 25 of these backpacks were gratefully received by rough sleepers in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Inside the Bible, a warm, handwritten note. Can you imagine the smiles on their beautiful faces?”

    Lady standing next to Christmas tree surrounded with black backpacks

    Ru Taylor – The Movement Gold Coast Homeless Outreach

    Man and woman standing infront of white van holding backpacks

    Tony Wiese and Ru Taylor

  • 2020 (100-Winter Backpacks donated)

    We pack our backpacks carefully and donate it to people who do not have a permanent home.

    One Light Charity backpack with items

    2020 Winter Backpacks

    Two ladies standing next to each other, one is holding a bunch of yellow flowers

    One Light’s Cara with Ru Taylor from The Movement Homeless Outreach

  • 17-06-21

    (Winter Backpack donation)

    Three ladies behind One Light Charity backpack donation

    Mono Strand and the excellent team at the Salvation Army’s Still Waters. They offer specialist Homelessness and Domestic Violence services, which includes the provision of crisis and short term supported accommodation and associated services for single women over 18 years and women with children under the age of 12 years.

  • 24-08-21

    100 Winter Backpack Deliveries Juice 107.3

    Teenager volunteer standing in front of white ute with trollies loaded with backpacks

    One Light volunteer helping to deliver Winter Backpacks to NewLife Care in Coolangatta and Brisbane. See video 

    Group of people standing around table full of backpacks

    Bartercard’s Hein and Wendy with Juice 1073 CEO Ken Pridmore

    Group of people receiving One Light Charity Foundation backpacks

    50 Winter Backpacks donated to Agape

  • 13-09-21

    35 Backpacks donated

    Man dressed in black with One Light Charity Backpacks

    Murray Smith 3rdspace Brisbane

    One Light Charity volunteers giving backpacks to a man in a white shirt

    Able Australia staff

    Please read more: Homelessness is a complex issue.



  • 16-04-22

    Set Free Care

    Three people standing behind a pile of backpacks

    Tony Wiese helped us to deliver backpacks to Set Free Care Community Hub.

    We salute this servant-hearted charity which provides basic needs such as meals, showers, connection and a caring heart to the most vulnerable.

    They asked us to thank our donors for their kind contribution that made so many of their visitors feel loved.

  • Unpacking a backpack

    𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲

    Two ladies standing behind One Light Charity backpacks

    One Light’s Cara unpacks a backpack for Sue Serge, Salvation Army welfare coordinator.

  • 01-06-2022

    20 Backpacks How Foundation

    We accept and make donations with products.

    Man standing infront of silver ute with One Light Charity backpacks  Hand sanitisers and wipes

    Thank you, Lee Geldenhuys from How Foundation, who donated hand wipes and sanitisers to our Backpack Campaign.

    In return, we donated packed backpacks back to How Foundation, which will distribute the packs to the homeless.


  • 20-09-22

    Set Free Care

    We delivered the first batch of summer backpacks to Director and Operations Manager at Set Free Care.

    Young man and woman standing in front of One Light Charity backpacks

  • 05-12-22

    10 Backpacks Nightlight Outreach Street Van

    Another batch of summer backpacks delivered to the homeless community of Beenleigh.
    We added a Christmas gift box, clothing and a special handwritten inspirational message.

    One Light Charity backpacks with Christmas gift boxes

    Christmas 2022 backpacks

  • 11-04-2023

    20 Backpacks The Well Community Cafe

    Three elderly people receiving One Light Charity Backpacks for the homeless

    We recently collaborated with Russell McClue from The Well Sails Inc. whose charity provides counselling for addictions and runs fun community events for the homeless.

Name Donate Amount Date
Sharon Mitchell $500.00 May 13, 2024
Vanessa Wilde $75.00 June 30, 2023
Mark Boden $40,000.00 May 31, 2023
Chris Dietz Bartercard $5,000.00 June 17, 2022
Hill's Restaurant James&Elizabeth Garland $22,502.80 March 14, 2022
Bartercard Australia Small business donors $4,800.00 October 08, 2021
Sharon Brown $7,998.16 January 29, 2021
mo zhou $75.00 August 01, 2020
Bartercard Member Donations $13,653.59 May 23, 2020
Revolution Consulting $500.00 May 19, 2020
EARP Distillery $960.00 May 19, 2020
Sweet Corn and Mango Place $500.00 December 18, 2019
Henry - Petersen $2,030.00 December 18, 2019
One Light Charity Foundation $1,987.71 December 18, 2019
Clothing Line $70.00 December 09, 2019
Andrew Frazer $150.00 December 09, 2019
Ross and Justine Oakhill $100.00 December 09, 2019
Tyre Plus $200.00 December 09, 2019
Frank Varapodio $204.69 August 25, 2019
Imilian Wiese $213.85 July 03, 2019
wiehan test $50.00 June 27, 2019
$1,000.00 June 22, 2019