Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) children of the Sri Sathya Sai Center of Chelmsford in Massachusetts organized a “Backpack Attack” project in which they assembled and distributed 25 backpacks filled with school supplies for needy children.

On the day of delivery, SSE students, their teachers, parents, and other SSSIO volunteers were given a tour of the Wish Project facility to learn how the agency serves the needs of struggling families. Two staff members shared their personal experiences of starting as beneficiaries of The Wish Project. They could get back on their feet and now work as full-time staff at the same agency. SSSIO volunteers were inspired and moved by their personal stories of courage and perseverance.

The backpack project was an impactful, practical experience that taught the SSE students life lessons, such as being grateful for what they had. They also developed empathy for those who did not have things they often took for granted and experienced the joy of serving others.