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Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation

NSF's Backpacks of Hope Stuffing Party!

Dear Backpacks of Hope Team Volunteers! 

We are excited to have your help for The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation's Backpacks of Hope project. 

Backpacks of Hope Stuffing for The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation:

Saturday, March 7th from 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm

Location Address:

Community Presbyterian Church

Room 020 Large Youth Room (downstairs to right of Main Church)

222 W El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526

What to expect:

We will be putting together Backpacks of Hope for 100 children/young adults diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. Each of you will get to prep 1-2 backpacks. Each one is very special and we take great care putting them together. We will give you a picture of the child (if provided), first name, age, likes, hobbies, etc. We will also give you siblings' names and ages as we include gifts for both patient and siblings in each Backpack. We will give you verbal instructions and a list of what goes into the Backpack. We'll have items laid out for you or easily accessible. When finished, we will have you box up the Backpack so it is ready to go to the Post Office and on to each child. Adults, and kids middle school or older are best suited for this special project.

Important details:

  • 100% healthy families only please. Please err on the side of caution in evaluating this. We are dealing with immuno-suppressed kids. Even the typical cold can cause a big problem for these children. 
  • Please arrive as close to your start time as possible. It's best if we can give instructions all at once, and we have lots to do! 
  • We will have snacks, beverages and lots of warm fuzzies. 


Nephrotic Syndrome is a serious and rare auto-immune disease that affects the kidneys and stops them from working. It's very hard to treat and often requires years of serious cancer/transplant medications which themselves come with severe, often debilitating side effects. 

We created "Backpacks of Hope" to provide support to children and families receiving this life changing diagnosis and to ensure that they are not alone. 

More on Nephrotic Syndrome and a short video clip on our family's journey at https://www.nephroticsyndromefoundation.org

Backpacks of Hope stuffing parties are so rewarding, and I hope you will all feel the same! I've attached testimonials from past recipients to help you get excited about all the good you are about to do!

Thank you again for choosing to serve. We are honored.


Andi Callaway

President & Founder



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“OMG! Ever received her backpack today and she was SO HAPPY!! I wish you could have seen her face the whole time while opening. The fact that you guys took the time to even add something her for siblings was AMAZING! Our hearts are so touched and I can’t wait to give back to this amazing organization. You guys are incredible and adding so much joy to kidney kiddos! I can not thank you enough!! Please let me know where I can help and how to donate and help spread the word. THANK YOU!!” - Patient Mom

“Thank you so much to The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation!! Devyn was so thrilled to receive her package!! She is testing out all her goodies now! What an amazing foundation to bring so much joy to kiddos like Dev!” – Patient Mom

“Thank you sooo much. I love all the stuff you guys gave me. And it was FOR FREE!!! Like how??? It’s all amazing. THE Nephrotic Syndrome FOUNDATION. They are awesome and I am very grateful to get all this.” – Patient (age 11)

“Thank you so much for this gift for Arrow! He was so delighted to open the box. What a wonderful treat. We really appreciate it! Attached is a photo reflecting his joy just opening the box!” With love, Patient Mom

“We received the backpack today! Thank you all so much for everything. Bay loved it- especially the blanket, headphones, and water balloons. And my husband teared up when he read the homemade card (and he’s not the crying type!). We appreciate it so much” – Patient Mom (Facebook)

“Currently balling my eyes out cause Carter just got a big sweet package from the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation I couldn’t make it through it yet.” – Patient Mom (Facebook)

Location: 222 W El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526
222 W El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526

Created by:   Andi Callaway
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (PDT) Available Slot
03/06/2020 (Fri.) 4:00pm - 6:00pm  

Set Up for Event (15)

11 of 15 slots filled
Christina Madrid
Kristen Campbell (3)
Kristen, Elly, Ben
Jennipher Tchejeyan (2)
Jennipher and Aidan
Karen Hall (4)
Jake Oliker
Late arrival (4:30pm)
03/07/2020 (Sat.) 9:45am - 1:00pm  

Table Lead / General Event Support (6)

All slots filled
Jake Jernstedt
Jennifer Jernstedt
Kelsey Peters
Kristen Campbell
Elly 9:45-12:15pm
Marianne & Nick Borden (2)
10:00am - 12:00pm  

Backpack Stuffing (46)

All slots filled
Lili Lillie (2)
I will try to bring Jack or Taffy to help.
Hudson Poole (2)
Brandi Cooper (2)
Lily will be joining me to help.
Juliet Meinert (2)
Robbie and I will be there!
Elena Arney
Elena Arney
Drew Arney
Matthew Swida
Justin and Eileen Fader (2)
Sofia Tavella
Kyle Honsik
Grace Kennedy
Tiffany Andrade (2)
Gavin and Tiffany
Becky Snell
Emmy and I will be there
David Tay (2)
Me and sis
Julissa Gamez-Gardea
Anjana Kumar
Carrie Grucci
Cealan Crogs
Eli Ortegawako
Christian Guardin
Molly Hilterbrand and Wyatt Bugbee (2)
Jennifer and Nicholas Vonderahe (2)
NCL (12)
Allyson Peters
Derek Garibaldi
Jacque Miles
10:00am - 4:00pm  

$10 Gift Card Donation (30)

Bring a $10 Gift Card to Amazon, Target, Spotify, Apple/Itunes, Starbucks for a Teen Patient

4 of 30 slots filled
Jake Oliker
Alyssa Phillips (3)
1:45pm - 5:00pm  

Table Lead / General Event Support (7)

4 of 7 slots filled
Christina Madrid
Karen Hall (2)
Theresa Magabo
2:00pm - 4:00pm  

Backpack Stuffing (33)

All slots filled
Deana Dickerson
Hudson Poole
Lidia Gutierrez (2)
and Daisy McCloskey
Alyssa Phillips (2)
Brie too!
Matthew Swida
Audrey Yancich
Aiden Anderson (2)
Amy and Aiden Anderson
Sydney Koeppen
Sage Ikeda
Julia Connelly
Tara Beane (3)
Tara, Brayden & Tinsley
NCL (8)
Katherine Eakle (2)
Sally Eakle
Elizabeth Fisher
Brenda Aepli
Diane Wood
Emily Chong
Noelle Sullberg
Coleen Aus
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