Continuing the Tradition with the ForKids Backpack Drive


backpack driveOver the past few weeks, everyone in the Hampton Roads area has been gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year, including our Dragas team! Our community is important to us, and we have a desire to give back to this community that has given us so much.

Many children return to school without the basic supplies they need. When ForKids needed help with its annual backpack drive, we couldn’t resist working together to give every child a chance to go back to school with confidence.

A new, full backpack can make a difference in a child’s attitude and set them up for success, while it can also relieve parents of an expense they cannot afford. Our employees worked together, allowing us to supply 50 backpacks filled to the zipper with everything local kids needed for school – notebooks, binders, pencils and more! According to ForKids, the average cost of supplies for an elementary student in Hampton Roads is $50, which doesn’t include customized supplies needed for different classes and teachers.

“Over 1,500 kids will start this school year with a backpack full of supplies to help them be ready to learn and succeed in their classrooms,” said Sharhonda M. Woods, Chief Development Officer with ForKids. “Our community answered the call in a big way and we are so thankful for the The Dragas Companies’ generosity and partnership. Your 50 backpacks have already brought so much joy to our students struggling with the instability of homelessness. Thank you for helping us break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in our community.”

At The Dragas Companies, we want to make a difference in our community, as well as the lives of children in need. Partnering with ForKids to help families in our community is a privilege and we’re honored to be a part of helping stop the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Hampton Roads. To learn more about this wonderful community organization, visit