Toys for Kids Backpacks Group

RedCloud in the Community: Backpacks for Back to School

As summer winds down, it’s time for heading back to school, which is an exciting time for many families, however unfortunately for some is a reminder of the huge costs associated with purchasing supplies, books, technology and more. Many of us perhaps take for granted our ability to provide our children with everything on their school list without a pause, while others may struggle to piece together just enough for the pencils, notebooks, or backpacks that enable success at school. 

At RedCloud, we feel fortunate to be connected to the amazing organization Toys for Kids, who helps children of all socioeconomic backgrounds be better prepared for school and life. In the lead up to this year’s school year we had a unique opportunity to work with Toys for Kids to extend a helping hand in the spirit of back to school excitement. 

Led by our Managing Partner Brett Alston and his family, RedCloud helped provide school supplies like backpacks, calculators, paper, pens and more to TfK’s partners at Atlantic Street Shelter and the Issaquah Food Bank. Between the two organizations, 1,400 backpacks in total were assembled and donated. In each backpack donated at the Atlantic Street Shelter, Brett’s family and friends included a hand-written note to the recipients from a similar aged student.

Returning to school comes with many mixed emotions from excitement to fear – as we’re sure you can remember – and we can only imagine how excited the recipients will feel when a backpack of supplies and a letter of encouragement comes their way.

Giving back is a thread that weaves through RedCloud even as we grow as a firm and become surrounded by the demanding tasks at hand. At our core, we believe one of the most important actions we can all keep top of mind as the months fly by is that we’re never too busy to look around and find even a small way to give back to those around us. 

We can’t wait to hear how these backpacks and supplies helped jumpstart a positive school year for so many local kids!