Two locals with a big heart are back at it with their effort.
Sisters, and Danvillians, are upping the ante this year with their group that collects backpacks filled with school supplied for underprivileged students.
Last year they collected 460 packs. This year, Madison says, the goal is 550.
"This year we have taken on a new group that is in high need of backpacks with supplies -- InnVision, a homeless shelter in San Jose," Madison said.
The group donates gently used and new backpacks filled with school supplies like glue sticks, crayons, markers, notebooks and rulers, to kids in the Richmond School District, Shelter Inc. in Concord, a program called Teen Challenge in Oakland, the Open Arms orphanage in Mexico, and InnVision Shelters.
This year, people can bring the packs to the Stoneridge Shopping Center information booth, Club Sport of Walnut Creek, or Blackhawk Orthodontics in Danville.
Madison also says any kids in the area that want to volunteer with Packs with Love should get in touch via the methods above.
"Last year we had 40 kids come to help stuff the backs with supplies," Madison said.
Read more about the sisters in our feature we wrote up in 2010.