CITYPAKs to arrive in Boston June 19th

The CITYPAK Project and High Sierra to Distribute 1,750 Specially Designed Backpacks to Boston Area Homeless on Thursday, June 19th Mansfield, MA – On Thursday, June 19, The CITYPAK Project, together with exclusive manufacturing partners High Sierra (a division of Mansfield, MA-based Samsonite LLC), will distribute 1,750 specially designed CITYPAK backpacks to Boston area homeless. 

Through a partnership with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, The CITYPAK Project and High Sierra will help host health fairs at six locations that day. The CITYPAKs will be offered as incentives to encourage attendees to take advantage of on-site health services.

Health fairs will be held from 9-11am at New England Center for Homeless Veterans, St. Francis House, Woods Mullen Shelter and Jean Yawkey Place, and from 1-3PM at the Pine Street Inn (Women’s Shelter and Men’s Shelter). The fairs will offer services including: general health screenings, vital sign readings, dental and eye exams, dermatological screenings, HIV testing, and nutritional counseling. CITYPAK’s will be distributed to participating homeless clients at each of these locations.

Founded by Chicago Philanthropist Ron Kaplan, The CITYPAK Project, the registered 501(c)(3), charitable initiative provides a safe, versatile backpack uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless. Since 2012, The CITYPAK Project and High Sierra have distributed over 10,000 CITYPAKs to homeless people in cities across the United States.

Boston marks the first east coast distribution site for The CITYPAK Project.“We are proud to add Boston to the list of cities we’ve reached with The CITYPAK Project,” said Dawn Sicco, Vice President and General Manager, High Sierra. 

“The CITYPAK Project’s mission to provide the homeless with a dignified solution to carrying their belongings grows with each new city added to its distribution schedule.”

High Sierra and The CITYPAK Project have enlisted a number of its partners to assist and promote the Boston distribution. Branded Environment Specialists Hill & Partners of Weymouth, MA, has donated trucking and warehousing support for the distribution. Additionally, from April until June 30, Hill & Partners is offering a dollar donation match up to $5,000 and $1 per each new follower on the Hill & Partners Company LinkedIn page. Hill & Partners is also encouraging their clients and vendors for participation and contributions to the packs including food, socks, water bottles, gift certificates and personal hygiene items.

High Sierra retail partner BJ’s Wholesale Club, based in Westborough, MA, has generously donated bottled water and non-perishable food items to be served as snacks during the health fairs, while High Sierra licensee, Planet Sox, has donated 3,600 pairs of socks for the Boston area homeless to be given out at the events.

“We don’t pretend that it’s any kind of solution to the complex issue of homelessness,” says CITYPAK Founder Ron Kaplan. “But it’s something we can do to make a small difference for individuals who are in this difficult situation. In addition, it provides an opportunity to continue the important dialogue about how our communities can best help our homeless neighbors.”

About The CITYPAK Project

The CITYPAK Project is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization that works to provide custom designed backpacks to homeless persons in need. Working with exclusive manufacturing partner High Sierra, The CITYPAK Project has distributed over 10,000 PAKs to homeless throughout the United States, including Chicago, Illinois; Boulder, Colorado; Maui, Hawaii; Austin, Texas; San Jose and Venice, CA, and others.

Founded by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Ron Kaplan in 2012, The CITYPAK Project provides a safe, convenient and versatile backpack uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless. Inspired by the simple desire to create something that would make life on the streets of Chicago a little easier, Kaplan shared his idea with the design team at the international adventure travel gear manufacturer High Sierra. Today, with the help of High Sierra and a growing list of corporate and individual donors and a variety of local and regional non-profit partners, The CITYPAK Project distributes CITYPAKs in growing list of cities across the U.S. The ongoing goal: to design and provide a useful, high quality backpack for the homeless. 

About High Sierra

A division of Samsonite LLC,, High Sierra designs feature-rich, versatile outdoor lifestyle gear for adventurers everywhere. Since our founding in 1978, we’ve committed ourselves to creating durable, affordable product with distinctive details, delivering the freedom to go anywhere—near or far, on roads or trails, on mountain ridges or snowy slopes, no matter what form your adventure takes. In 2012, High Sierra formed a design partnership with the Chicago-based CITYPAK Project [501(c)(3)] to create purposeful, utilitarian backpacks for the homeless. High Sierra is also proud to be the Official Bags supplier to the U.S. Ski, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing teams. High Sierra. Adventure This Way.

About Samsonite

Samsonite is proud to be an active leader in the community and supports various other local charities, including: The One Fund; Toys for Tots; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; American Red Cross; Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital; Senior Friends Fuel Assistance; Mansfield Soup Kitchen; Mansfield Food Pantry; Mansfield Women’s Auxiliary Post; Mansfield VFW; Keep Mansfield Beautiful; Plainville Police Association; Norton Firefighters; The Ellie Fund; Massachusetts Police Association; Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition; and HMEA.

Samsonite is the worldwide leader in superior travel bags, luggage, and accessories combining notable style with the latest design technology and the utmost attention to quality and durability. For more than 100 years, Samsonite has leveraged its rich design heritage to create unparalleled products that fulfill the on-the-go lifestyle needs of the business professional. Samsonite markets products under the Samsonite, American Tourister, Samsonite Black Label, and Hartmann brands.

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The CITYPAK Project

  • Carrie Lombardi
  • 303.413.8308

High Sierra:

  • Kara Herlihy
  • 802.583.6070