Backpack Runs

On Saturday mornings, Beneath One Sky visits the needy around Downtown Vancouver with gifts of necessities for daily living. It is an organized group function, where the volunteers meet at Waterfront Station in Vancouver at 7:30 AM and run down along Hastings Street as one group.

Contact Caitlin Sousa at caitlin [at] for questions and information.

Check for upcoming Backpack Run dates posted on our Facebook Page.



Why is it called a backpack run?

Basically, you bring with you a backpack filled with basic essentials. As you go along Hastings and the surrounding area, you pass out the food and items to the less fortunate living on the streets. Since the run occurs in the early morning, many of the people will be asleep. In that case, the items are left beside them for their use when they awake up.
What can I bring to a backpack run?


      : Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, baby wipes, deodorant, hand sanitizer, razors, travel sized shampoos/lotions, floss


      : Socks, sweaters, hats/toques, scarves, gloves, shirts, pants, etc.

Sleeping Gear

      : Blankets, pillows


      : Baked goods, instant noodles, granola bars, sandwiches, chips, etc.


    : Bottles of water, juice boxes, milk

It is not required that you bring all of the aforementioned material; just what you can supply. If you have an old backpack to store the items in during the run that would be great; you can also choose to give the entire backpack away in the end. If you want to use a newer backpack, or one that you still need, just fill it up and we’ll empty it for you to bring home.
How else can I help?

We are currently looking for donations of food items, old clothes, and toiletries, which we will give away during the backpack run.

If you have anything that you would like to donate, please contact Shantelle at


Past Backpack Runs

View photos of past backpack runs on our Facebook Page:

January 19, 2013
October 15, 2011
November 20, 2010
October 2, 2010