09-14-13 Backpacks for New Beginnings (BP4NB) is a non-profit charity founded in 2009 by West Roxbury brothers Jackson and Tristan Kelley, currently ages 14 and 12. The brothers run the charity out of their home with the help of their parents and younger sister, Violet. In the Fall, Tristan will be in the 6th grade at the Holy Name Parish School, and Jackson will be in the 9th grade at Xaverian Brothers High School.
BP4NB is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children including those in foster care, group homes and those who are homeless, by providing them with new backpacks filled with school supplies. When a child receives a new backpack filled with school supplies, it allows them to feel special, fit in with others, and start the school year prepared. Over the past 5 summers BP4NB has donated over 2300 new backpacks filled with school supplies, including over 800 this summer, to needy children in the Boston area. 100% of all donations are used to buy new backpacks and school supplies which are purchased on sale and in bulk in order to make donations go farther. All operating costs (stamps, printing, government fees, etc.) are funded by the Kelley Family.