​Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Paying it forward is about unconditional love for others. It can be as simple as a shared smile, listening, or giving a hand up.​

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About Backpacks of Hope in memory of John Zachery Septer

The Backpacks of Hope was born out of tragedy and grows with faith and love for people in need. John Zachery Septer had the most giving and kind heart for everyone he met.  He did not know a stranger and gave the shirt off his back for anyone in need. As a family our goal is to continue Zachery's Legacy and Journey of love and care for people in need.  Zachery believed with faith you could do anything. 

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No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate, and feed.​



As a family, our goal is to continue Zachery's legacy and journey of love and care for people in need. We hope when you read his story you will not only want to help us make a difference but realize no matter who you are you can make a difference in someone's life.

Since 2011, we have been filling backpacks annually with essential items and handing them out to the homeless and people in need.  

In addition, we would like to recognize a special lady, that without this woman's love and brave heart, none of this would be possible.  

Denise Le we love you.


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Our largest area of volunteer need is our hands-on day of filling the backpacks! We spend one day of the year filling all the backpacks in an assembly line style. If this is something you might be interested in, 

let us know, we would love your help! 

Once you reach out we can send you more information on time and place. ​