GTAR collects Backpacks for Foster Kids

Backpacks for Foster Kids – Better known as the “B” bags (Being, Believing and Belonging) is a worthy program that makes a big difference in the lives of children in foster care. Oftentimes, many foster children move weekly…some even daily…using a garbage bag or even a grocery bag and those make a lousy travel companion. “Backpacks for Foster Kids” collects NEW backpacks, soft-sided suitcases, duffel bags and carry-ons for foster children. With each donation one less child has to use a plastic garbage bag or a grocery bag when it’s time to move.

Backpacks that are collected are donated to Voices for Children (VFC) and are distributed through the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program. VFC and GAL are extremely grateful to GTAR for their support and dedication to the program.

There are many ways you can help. Numerous, convenient drop-off centers are available throughout the Bay area to collect backpacks. Collect as many backpacks as you can and drop them off at the designated drop off centers. NEW backpacks are the bags of preference as they can also be used for school.


Drop-off centers are:

Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
2918 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609

American Patriot Title
18540 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Lutz, FL 33548

Century 21 Shaw Realty Group
19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite E6, Tampa, FL 33647

Coldwell Banker Residential
19026 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa, FL 33647

The Real Estate Shop
111 N. Pinewood Ave.
Brandon, FL 33510
Phone: 813-654-0707

RE/MAX First in Real Estate
17010 Palm Pointe Tampa, FL 33647

RE/MAX Capital Realty
23612 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 33559

Lyda Realty
5707 W. Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33634

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty
1525 Rickenbacker DR, Suite 101,
Sun City Center, FL 33573

Florida Executive Realty has Five Drop-off Locations:
New Tampa: 15802 Amberly Drive, Tampa FL 33647
Carrollwood: 14007 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
South Tampa: 3050 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33629
Brandon: 130 E Bloomingdale Avenue, Brandon, FL 33511
Westchase: 10311 Radcliffe Drive, Tampa FL 33626

Trifin at Charles Rutenburg Realty
2540 Green Forest Lane Suite #102 Lutz, FL 33558

Russell Adams Realty Inc.
2502 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services / Florida Properties Group
1830 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

For additional information on VFC or to make a monetary contribution, contact Betsy Smith at (813)275-9300 or visit