Giving Back at Summer Markets | Backpacks of Hope

According to a 2018 National Retail Federation survey, families with elementary, middle & high school children will spend an average of $122.13 per child on supplies each year.  Add in clothing and other necessary items and the overall total skyrockets to a $27.5 billion per year to get kiddos ready for school.  For many families this is a hardship especially for those that have more than one child.  Because of this, many educators dip into their own pockets to help supplement.  Nearly 94% of all public-school teachers reported that they spend their own money on notebooks, pens and other supplies needed in their classroom.

We can help make a difference! This summer, will mark the third year since we began our Backpacks of Hope (BOH) initiative where we have helped families by donating school supplies during the Dallas, Atlanta & Las Vegas Summer shows.  Thank you for the hundreds of backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, pens, gift cards, etc. that were donated in the past. 

This Summer, we will once again partner with the following local Dallas, Atlanta & Las Vegas elementary schools located in areas where there is an abundant need – low income and high poverty rate areas where teachers are paid less than the average salary of other teachers in their field. 

Below is a list of the school supplies needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Composition Books
  • Dividers
  • Ear Buds (for Computer Learning)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Erasers
  • Flash Drives
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Pencil Boxes/Pouches
  • Pens
  • Post It Notes
  • Scissors
  • Spiral Bound Notebooks
  • Washable Markers
  • Wide Ruled Paper
  • 12” Rulers
  • 3 Pocket Folders
  • 3 Ring Binders
  • Gift Cards (VISA, MC, Walmart, Target)

As usual, our OneCoast Cares Donation bins will be located at the front of the OneCoast & DEMDACO showrooms.

For those of you that have Amazon Prime, once again, you have the option of ordering your school supplies online and having them shipped directly to your respective showroom.  This is also a great option for anyone who wants to contribute but will not be attending a show.

CLICK HERE to log into your Amazon account and view our BOH Wish List.  Then, enter one of the following showroom addresses during checkout. 

Please be sure to place your order early so it arrives prior to the start of the show and use OneCoast – BOH as the company name so it can be kept separate from other shipments to the showroom.


OneCoast – BOH

2050 N. Stemmons Frwy #256

Dallas, TX 75207

Shipments should arrive prior to June 18th


OneCoast – BOH

40 John Portman Blvd NW, #1800

Atlanta, GA 30303

Shipments should arrive prior to July 8th

Las Vegas

OneCoast – BOH

455 S Grand Central Pkwy #C-801

Las Vegas, NV 89106

Shipments should arrive prior to July 27th


Thank you in advance for making a difference!


Information and post provided by Tammy Myers