Published on May 08, 2015 by Edgar Snyder

Inspired to Do Good: Altoona Little League Players Want To Be Like JHay

Blessings in a Backpack

The Mountain Lion BackPack Program in Altoona, PA

What's better than helping local kids? Inspiring others to do the same!

Since the launch of our latest public service TV campaign featuring Pittsburgh baseball player Josh Harrison, we've received a huge response from people asking how they can get involved. The organization we're supporting, Blessings in a Backpack, fills backpacks full of food for low-income children to take home on weekends. For many, this is the only food they have access to when they are not in school.

Through this program, our law firm has "adopted" one Pittsburgh-area school, but there are many more schools in our region that still need help.

How a Local Team Stepped up to the Plate

Just yesterday, we received an encouraging letter from the program directors of the Mountain Lion BackPack Program. After seeing our public service announcement, a group of little league players from the Altoona Area Baseball Association wanted to find a way to be like Josh by helping the kids in their own community.

With the help of their parents, the players teamed up with the Mountain Lion BackPack Program, a charity similar to Blessings in a Backpack, to help pack food bags for elementary school students. The Mountain Lion BackPack Program feeds 840 students in the Altoona Area School District every weekend during the school year.

And the team isn't stopping there. They will also have an information table and collect donations at their upcoming All-Star Game Day Festivities on May 31st.

Here is an excerpt from the letter sent to us by Jim and Heather Little, program directors of the Mountain Lion BackPack Program:

[Altoona little league] players and their parents recently came to our facility to help pack food bags for the backpacks. Even though they were rookies at their first visit with us, their efforts in packing were major league! The day of the all-star game, they will have a table to share information about our program and to collect donations in our behalf. This will be an experience they will take with them into adulthood.
Blessings in a Backpack

If you're in the Altoona area, please consider supporting this wonderful organization to help them serve even more kids!

About the Mountain Lion BackPack Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania

The BackPack Program is a nationwide program of the Feeding America Network operating in partnership with the Altoona Area School District.

Each Friday during the school year, children enrolled in the program receive a backpack filled with easy-to-prepare meals and snacks in a safe and discreet manner. They bring their backpacks home, knowing they will have food for the weekend, and return the backpack to their teacher on Monday. The program runs for 32 weeks, October through May.

The program now serves over 800 students between Penn Lincoln, Baker, Juniata, and Juniata Gap Schools as it completes its fourth year of operation. There are nearly 2,000 elementary students in the Altoona area with this need, and it is the hope of Mountain Lion BackPacks to eventually expand to all eight elementary schools in the district.

To donate, volunteer, or learn more, click here.

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