How Have the Backpacks Helped You?

 

Providing Meals to Children in Need

 

A Tribute to Filling in the Blanks

 

Blessings In A Backpack

 

Healthy Snacks Come In Backpacks

 

  • Fourth Annual Holiday Backpack DriveHelp us provide Holiday Backpacks for over 800 children. Each child receives a brand new backpack containing: • Grade appropriate book • Hats • Toys • Scarves • Gloves • Socks • Pancake mix • Syrup Help spread some holiday cheer for a child in...

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  • Filling in the Blanks Fourth Annual Golf OutingGOLF May 4, 2017… Filling in the Blanks hosted its fourth annual charity golf fundraiser at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, NY. It was a beautiful day out on the course with golfers enjoying beverages donated by Moet Henessey, fun on course contests, and one of a...

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  • Shoe & Handbag Runway Show & LuncheonINVITE A FRIEND AND JOIN US…. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:30 am Hosted by Mitchell’s of Westport See the season’s hottest shoes and handbags walk down the runway.Valentino, Gucci, Tod’s, Christian Louboutin & Manolo Blahnik to name a few. Special trunk shows featuring Eddie Borgo &...

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  • Video: Providing Meals to Children in NeedWatch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Link to article

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  • Thank You the Backpack Drive was a success!  HOLIDAY BACKPACK UPDATE The week of December 19th, 625 new backpacks filled with toys, books, pancake mix, syrup, socks, hats, gloves, granola bars and various other items were distributed to children in our program.  Thank you to our dedicated committee and all of the organizations...

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  • New Canaan Nonprofit ‘Filling In The Blanks’ For Hungry Stamford KidsSTAMFORD, Conn. — Over 600 Stamford school kids take meals home with them on weekends because of Filling In the Blanks in New Canaan. Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing needy children with meals on the weekends. It is a resource for...

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  • Filling in the Blanks: Great StridesFor the second year running, Filling in the Blanks and Mitchells teamed up for a good cause. Click hear to learn more.

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  • Filling A NeedBy Camilla A. Herrera For Tina Kramer and Shawnee Knight, helping in the fight against childhood hunger seemed like a perfect cause to take on. “We both wanted to give back,” says Kramer. “And we wanted our kids to be involved,” adds Knight. After recognizing...

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  • Filling in the Blanks Hosts Golf Outing to Raise Money and AwarenessMay 25, 2016 Olivia Just It was a full day of golf, gourmet meals and scenic views at Filling in the Blanks’ Golf Outing on May 10 at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY. The signature event included golf contests, a buffet lunch and...

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  • Filling in the Blanks Third Annual Golf OutingThe Filling in the Blanks Third Annual Golf Outing will be held on May 10, 2016, at the prestigious GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York. Proceeds from the event will allow Filling in the Blanks to continue providing needy children with meals on the...

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  • Dining event helps feed hungry childrenFoodies packed Baldanza’s Natural Market Cafe on the night of Monday Nov. 16 for Bowls at Baldanza, a fundraiser for New Canaan-based Filling in the Blanks, which provides free weekend meals to school children in Stamford and Bedford. From left to right are, Shawnee Knight,...

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  • Holiday Backpack DriveHoliday Backpack Drive Monday, November 30th – Friday December 3rd Holiday Backpacks will be given to 400 children at multiple schools throughout Connecticut and Westchester who participate in the weekly food program. New Backpacks will be filled with goodies such as Books, Toys, Pancake Mix...

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  • Bowls At BaldanzaThank you for making Bowls at Baldanza a Success! Monday, November 16, 2015. Over 40 diners turned out to sample sumptuous soups, tasty little bites & delectable desserts to kick off National Hunger & Homelessness Week. The night featured Sarah Arnold, a social worker from...

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  • Volunteers help Filling in the Blanks Kick off the School YearVolunteers help Filling in the Blanks kick off the school year by packing 2500 bags of food.

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  • Filling in the Blanks Second Annual Golf OutingThe Filling in the Blanks Second Annual Golf Outing was held on May 12, 2015 at the prestigious Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York. Proceeds from the event will allow Filling in the Blanks to continue providing needy children with meals on the...

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  • Jennifer Miller Holiday Jewelry Trunk ShowWednesday November 5, 2014 Jennifer Miller Jewelry will be holding a special Holiday Shopping Jewelry Trunk Show benefiting Filling in the Blanks

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  • All Hands on Deck: ‘Filling In The Blanks’ Wraps Up a Successful Inaugural SummerBy: MICHAEL DINAN | August 25, 2014 As director of character education for St. Luke’s School, Kate Parker-Burgard coordinates community service and leadership opportunities for the student body. About one year ago, one St. Luke’s parent—New Canaan’s Tina Kramer—began sharing with Parker-Burgard what she and...

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  • New Canaan Youth Football FundraiserNew Canaan Youth Football Supports Filling in the Blanks  

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  • First Annual Golf OutingThe First Annual Filling in the Blanks golf outing got off with a bang, becoming a sold out event even before the formal invites were mailed. The community came together for a fun filled day of golf at the prestigious GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills,...

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  • Organization Helps Fill Gap in Supplying Nutritional MealsMay 2, 2014 New Canaan News Filling in the Blanks, a nonprofit organization that helps supply nutritional meals, has been named “Rookie of the Year” by the Young Women‘s League of New Canaan. Filling in the Blanks provides food over the summer for kids whose...

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  • Young Women name Filling in the Blanks rookie of the yearApril 23, 2014 New Canaan Advertiser The Young Women’s League of New Canaan recently honored New Canaan-based Filling in the Blanks (the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack) with its “Rookie of the Year” grant. “A perfect recipe for doing good is when a...

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  • New Canaan Women Launch, Expand Weekend Food Program for KidsApril 10, 2014 New Canaanite by Michael Dinan New Canaan’s Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer had been packing food for needy Stamford kids for some six months before they had a chance to meet, in person, the children and teens they’d been helping. The moment...

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  • Stocking Our Shelves2013/2014 school year

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  • Volunteers Stuff Backpacks to End HungerOctober 1, 2013 New Canaan News by Tyler Woods Volunteers stuffed soup cans, pudding snacks and granola bars with swift efficiency into maroon and navy backpacks in a New Canaan home on Sept. 25, as part of the “Blessings in a Backpack” program. The bags were...

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  • New Canaan Blessings in a Backpack Donates Food to Stamford StudentsSeptember 25, 2013 New Canaan Patch by DJ McAneny On Wednesday, close to two dozen women from throughout Fairfield County met at a New Canaan house owned by Tina Kramer that she and partner Shawnee Knight have transformed into a makeshift supermarket. Food shelves line...

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  • New Canaan Women To Provide Meals For Stamford KidsAugust 13, 2013 The New Canaan Daily Voice by Anthony Buzzeo Many students in the Domus program in Stamford qualify for free and reduced-priced meals while at school and may not get enough to eat on weekends. But thanks to Tina Kramer and Shawnee Knight...

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Packing Bags

April 8, 2014

One of our goals at Filling in the Blanks is to get the community involved! Our volunteers are able to have a HANDS ON experience by coming to pack the backpacks we will be distributing to our students! We pack every other weekend, currently we pack 302 bags which will distributed amongst 2 weekends.

The food is lined up on tables in an assembly line fashion and volunteers go down the line and fill the students bags. After all the packing is done the same volunteers re-stock the tables for the next group that will be coming to pack. Packing and re-stocking takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete. It is a great way, for kids especially, to have a hands on experience with a charitable organization. They are able to see what the children are receiving and why they are receiving it. It is rewarding to help another child their age.

Filling in the Blanks has had several community groups volunteer such as the Brownies, The SLOB, local cheerleaders, soccer teams, church groups and the New Canaan SRT. You do not have to be part of a specific group to volunteer. You can enlist a group of 8-10 volunteers (friends, family, co-workers) to help pack. Please contact Shawnee Knight sknight@fillingintheblanks.org to set up a packing date.

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