"The Bags for Kids program is a visible reminder of people making a difference in a child's life."

- Ms. Bumala -  2nd grade teacher

In 1996 a few of the lodge brothers got together with an idea to support of public schools in the Martinez area. They solicited donations from local merchants and businesses in the community. With the other members of the lodge chipping in, the “Bags For Kids” program was set in motion. That was the first year every second grader in Martinez's public schools received a B4K backpack.

Today We Need Your Help

Today the program encompasses 5 schools in two districts in the Martinez area, providing backpack style book-bags for nearly 500 second graders. The durable bags are filled with pencils, erasers, scissors, rulers, and tablets. Reports have returned that some of the original bags are headed for college, and the new crop of incoming second-graders are eagerly anticipating returning to school in the fall so they can get their bags.

This is truly a community effort, not only for the kids, but for the teachers who receive additional supplies as our donations may exceed targeted goals. Please invest with us in the future of Martinez School Kids.  We truly believe that we can change the world one backpack and one second grader at a time.

Our 2015 Bags for Kids Heroes!

Think about it.

for Kids

You CAN make
a difference for Martinez Kids.
Right now. Today.

Hello Community Partners!
We are constantly looking for resources and  helping hands with a real commitment to the kids on our community.

If you would like to make a contribution, have an idea you would like to try, or have a something you would like to share, please contact us at


If you require specific information regarding our 501(c)3 , let us know we'd be happy to accommodate your requirements.

Bags For Kids
PO Box 2221
Martinez, Ca 94553