Backpacks Of Hope: Mother Turns Son's Death Into Positive Program For People In Need (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) -- In December, it will have been two years since Shelly Septer learned of the death of her son and also the impact he had on the homeless population in our area.

Septer's son, Zachary, died in December of 2011 and at his funeral, more than 1,000 people, some homeless people that Zachary had helped, showed up to pay their respects. That was when Septer decided to continue his work and began Backpacks of Hope.

The cause continues to help people in need this holiday season. You can donate backpacks, personal hygiene items, hats, coats, gloves, and other items at designated locations.

Drop off items between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Huntington North High School on Saturday Nov. 16th, or at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission on Saturday Nov. 23rd.

The items needed include: backpacks, hats, gloves, blankets, body wash, soap, deodorant, shampoo, foot powder, ponchos, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, nonperishable food items, mini flashlights, socks.

Septer plans to hand out filled backpacks and items to people in need to soup kitchens in Huntington and surrounding areas in December and on Dec. 19th at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.

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