Girl Scout Daisy Troop 60161 and Federation of Social Workers members, their families and friends recently worked together to equip Citypak backpacks for the winter season.

The Girl Scouts put the finishing touches on the specially designed backpacks that will be given to Monroe County homeless.

“I brought this to my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop’s attention, because I felt it would be an important lesson,” said Chelsey Franz, FSW steward. “Many homeless do not have the bare necessities we use on a daily basis, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, granola bars, soap and wipes.”

The Citypak Project’s ongoing goal is to provide useful, high quality backpacks to the homeless.

“We are proud to be the first organization to bring this national project to the Monroe County area,” said Margaret Capuano, FSW president. “This initiative is a part of our ongoing efforts to give back to the community.”

The Citypak Project, founded in Chicago by philanthropist Ron Kaplan, was intended to create something that would make life on the streets a little easier. The bags will be given to the homeless in Monroe County by the department of human services.