Backpacks for the Holidays Project

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November 07, 2017

The Venice Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, Friends of Coeur D’Alene Elementary School’s Booster Club and Community and Ecole Claire Fontaine and Community are working together to collect much needed personal items for foster and unhoused youth in the Venice Family of Schools, Grades TK-12 before the LAUSD winter break. 

Specifically, over the next several weeks, we are looking to fill 100 backpacks with toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel and soap, hairbrushes/combs, natural deodorant for 5th grade children and up, feminine hygiene products for older girls).  We are also collecting socks and underwear, and new or very gently used backpacks, blankets, sweaters, long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts and books for boys and girls, Grades TK-12. 

Any help you can provide by donating some or more of these items, or a backpack or two filled with the above items, would be truly appreciated. 

Questions, please email or

Otherwise, please drop off your donations at:

CDA Elementary School’s Main Office, 810 Coeur D’Alene Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 


Ecole Claire Fontaine’s Office, 352 Westminster Ave, Venice CA 90291 between 7:30am and 4:00pm on weekdays.  All donations must be received on or before Friday, December 8th.  
Ruthie Seroussi