Backpacks of Mercy keep kids warm as temperatures drop

DENVER -- Cold winter nights in Denver are just around the corner and unfortunately not everyone will have a warm bed to sleep in at night.

It’s why a local family has made it their mission to spread warmth and comfort to those who need it most one backpack at a time.

David and Katherina Carson along with their two young daughters Sabrina and Hailey, started a nonprofit called Backpacks of Mercy.

The organization collects winter essentials and stuffs them into hundreds of backpacks. Each one will go to a homeless person in Denver.

This year, the Carsons have decided to focus on homeless veterans.

On Sunday, the Carsons along with a group of volunteers at the Jubilee Fellowship church, spent the day filling up 250 backpacks.

“Warm jackets that turn into sleeping bags those go in first, followed by winter essentials gloves, hats long johns, toiletries, food, and water,” David Carson said.

All of the items were donated by local companies and the community. The versatile coats were donated by the group Colorado WEEP.

The Carson’s say they help feed the homeless and is how they learned that any little bit helps, especially during the winter months.

“We hear all the time what they need and these are the most essential things they’ve asked for,” added Katherina.

The Carsons started the group last year and as their girls got more involved they decided they wanted to help kids too.

Backpacks of Mercy will also go to children who end up in local battered women shelters.

On Sunday, each colorful bag was filled with clothes, a blanket and a special teddy bear.

“I know that if I was one of those kids I would be terrified and I want them to not be terrified,” Sabrina Carson said.

The Carsons admit the project is a big undertaking but it’s all worth it if each bag supplies warmth and hope to those who need it most.

“That we love them. We think about them,” Hailey Carson said..

The Carsons say they are in need of more supplies. They have list of the items they need on their website.