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Who We Serve

The Pieces of Home Backpack Project was implemented at Boston Medical Center to serve children who are in the first phase of foster care, an emergency removal from an unsafe situation. The children are brought to the hospital by police officers, emergency medical technicians, or family members.

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"It's such a HUGE help for me, so that I am not rifling through my 12 year old son's outgrown clothes at 2 am in the attic, looking for a size 5 pair of PJ's. The kids LOVE the backpacks..."


Quick Shopping List by Age

Generally 6 items per bag


  • Pajamas, sleepers
  • Receiving blanket
  • Teething toys
  • Pacifiers and rattles
  • Hand sized book

Toddlers (think Dora, Diego, Princesses)

  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Stuffed animal
  • Soft character blankets
  • Colorful, interactive, small toy
  • Hardcover hand sized book

Pre-School (think Dori/Diego, Princess, Barbie)

  • Pajamas
  • Underpants, socks
  • Favorite book
  • Soft character blankets
  • Stuffed animal, pillow pet
  • Coloring/sticker books, crayons
  • Interactive, small toys

School Age (think Sponge Bob, Super Heroes, Bratz, Red Sox)

  • Pajamas
  • Underpants, socks
  • Stuffed animal, pillow pet
  • Favorite books, activity books 
  • Small games: cards, Lego, board games or Barbie dolls
  • Soft blanket

  • Activity books (word searches, crosswords, Sudoku)
  • Favorite books, magazines
  • Small toy, playing cards, games
  • Flannel pajama bottoms, sweat pants with T-shirt, adult PJs
  • Deodorant (bonus)
  • Underpants, T-shirts, socks
  • Soft blanket