December 20th, 2012

Celebrating Christmas Eve With A Child In Need

Stephen’s Backpack delivering hope, happiness and memories for  both children and volunteers 

The holiday isn’t always the way it’s depicted in the movies. It isn’t always about families gathering together around storybook-perfect fireplaces and Christmas trees. For volunteers with Stephen’s Backpack, Christmas Eve is about delivering hope to homeless families and children in need.

Every year, volunteers help load up a coach bus and then drive to Inn from the Cold to deliver backpacks to homeless children staying with their families at the shelter on Christmas.

At the heart of the campaign is a sad but yet true observation made by seven-year-old Stephen McPhee, Founder of Stephen’s Backpacks, when he was only five – that there are homeless children who need help.

Delivering backpacks on Christmas Eve is now a community tradition that has grown exponentially since 2006.

“There are many who find meaning in sharing this experience, and for whom Christmas would not be the same without volunteering their time to make sure the tradition continues,” said Nancy McPhee, Director of Stephen’s Backpacks and mother of Stephen McPhee. “It is truly a Christmas Eve experience you will never forget.”

Stephen’s Backpacks is still in need of volunteers and supplies including toys, blankets, mitts, hats, scarves, socks, hygiene items and gift certificates. For more information visit

London Drugs is donating hygiene items for backpacks delivered to Inn From the Cold this Christmas Eve.

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