Packs of Hope

We’re committed to the vision that every child deserves hope. We are partners with the community and seven county human service agencies to provide backpacks filled with essential clothing items to children and youth who are transitioning into out-of-home or foster care.

Did you know that there are over 6,000 children in out-of-home or foster care in Colorado? Most of these kids are uprooted from situations where the family has broken down and is no longer safe as violence, drugs, abuse and other evils haunt their everyday lives. They leave in a hurry, not able to take any of their "things" and are rushed into a new home where a new family, who has just been notified to their arrival, welcomes them. This is where Packs of Hope steps in and offers a bit of hope and comfort.

Packs of Hope began when Brad and Michelle Smithling went through a county adoption and were confronted with the very real needs of children in the foster care system. A vision evolved to help other boys and girls in transition. This ministry started in their home in 2008 when they delivered the first set of Packs to Jefferson County's Human Services Department. Today Packs of Hope serves seven counties: Jefferson, Arapahoe, Denver, Boulder, El Paso, Weld and Douglas. Packs of Hope supplies packs for children and youth, newborn to 18 years of age.

Packs of Hope has served more than 6,500 children in Colorado since 2008. Our hope is to continue to serve the Lord by bringing a little joy and hope into children and youths lives during a very scary and difficult time.This ministry has been able to touch the lives of so many children and youth thanks to the many donors and volunteers. It is our hope to provide for children throughout Colorado.

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed throughout the month to help with checking incoming backpacks, making new packs and various other jobs. We prefer groups to have at least 5 people and no more than 15. We will work around your schedule as best we can. We are located behind the Second Chance Thrift Store, west of the main entrance to Foothills Community Church.

Additional Needs
Packs of Hope is always in need of donations of new clothing for children and youth, sizes newborn — Adult XL. Each backpack contains a shirt, pants, a sweatshirt (a blanket for 9 months and under), pajamas, socks, underwear (or diapers and wipes), toiletries and a book or a toy.

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Please contact Amanda at if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about Packs of Hope.