Boise Rescue Mission organizes an annual backpack drive to make sure children living in its shelters have the supplies they need to start their school year.

This year, the mission is asking people to considering leaving an encouraging note to let homeless students know their community is with them. Rescue Mission staffers are collecting messages online. They’ll print them out and put them in each of the backpacks they hand out when school starts.

So, if you have some words to share with a young student, or have learned a lesson about school, life, friends, or challenges that might help a young person in a tough situation, you can leave your messages at HERE.

Few people realize there are about 400 people a night checking into Boise shelters. It’s important for the kids to get excited about school and having the right supplies, clothes to wear, and personal messages, is a huge part of that.