Welcome to Help 4 Kids / Backpack Buddies



Help4Kids / Backpack Buddies is a 100% volunteer organization that relies solely on donations.   Children should not go to school hungry or without proper clothing, shoes or school supplies. We believe going to school prepared will help them learn and be better able to finish school and go beyond the cycle of poverty into which they were born. In addition, children should not be hungry during the summer when school is out and they have no access to breakfast and lunch. We believe children should have the opportunity to grow, learn and be a child for as long as they can while receiving the basic needs as all other children.  Every dollar collected goes for the kids.  This year we are celebrating 25 years of feeding hungry children.

Annual Vienna Sausage Drive

Backpack Buddies provides food packages every weekend during the school year to 3,105 hungry kids in Horry County. Vienna sausages provide the protein in the package and the kids love them! Every year we depend on generous churches, organizations, businesses and individuals to help us make sure than no child goes to bed hungry…and we are very grateful for your help!  Please join us again this year and remember,  whether you contribute one can or several cases,


Sausages can be dropped off at the Help 4 Kids office at
12053-B Frontage Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, (843) 651-4310
Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union
21st Ave Myrtle Beach, Conway Main Street,
Holmes Town Road Surfside Beach, Next to Bilo, Hwy 17 Business Surfside Beach

Thank you for your help feeding the children we serve.

Girl Scouts’ “Birthday Bag”

girl scouts birthdayGirl Scout Troops from the South Strand Service Unit had a weekend camping trip in March. The camping trip happened to fall during the anniversary of Girl Scouting. They refer to this week as the “Girl Scout Birthday”.    “Birthday Bag”  items were collected by approximately 60 girls and donated to Help4Kids.  Thanks girls!



Join the Myrtle Beach Pelicans & Support Help4Kids!

It’s Baseball Time!  Join the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Mondays for Backpack Buddies’ Night

On Monday home games bring a non-perishable food item & receive HALF-OFF your price of admission.

Dates for home games are as follows:
May 12th, June 2nd, June 9th, July 14th, July 21st & Sept 1st

To order tickets call 1-877-918-TIXX

Powdered drink mix
Juice boxes
Pop tarts
Ra men noodles
Peanut Butter
Jelly(plastic container)
Grocery gift cards for fresh produce and milk

Villa Romana Spaghetti Luncheon

IMG_1987Thanks to all of you who supported our Spaghetti Luncheon at Villa Romana Italian Restaurant last month!  Because of your support, we were able to raise over $3,700 which will help to support over 3100 Help4Kids’ children in Horry County.

A special note of thanks to Villa Romana who hosted this luncheon by donating their restaurant, staff and food to sponsor Help4Kids.

Villa Romana Italian Restaurant
 707 S Kings Highway — Myrtle Beach, SC  29577 — 843-448-4990

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Help4Kids has been approved for the Kroger Community Rewards program. With a simple swipe of your Kroger Plus Card, Help4Kids will get a donation each time you shop. You will continue to get your own points as well. We are not sure how much we will receive but every dollar counts when trying to feed over 3100 children a week.

All you need to do is the following:
Go to: kroger.com

  • Sign in to your personal account
  • Select ‘My Account’
  • At the bottom, click ‘enroll’ under the Community Rewards banner
  • Enter 61295 and hit ‘search’
  • Help4Kids will appear. Click on the button and then click ‘Enroll’. You’ll see your confirmation at the top of the screen.

This will not affect your own personal Kroger points. If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, you can either sign-up online or go to the store, get a card and then sign-up online.

If you have any questions, please contact: Helpfourkids1@gmail.com.

Wal Mart Food Drives

Volunteers at Walmart Food Drive

Volunteers at Walmart Food Drive

Walmart volunteers continue to collect food for Back Pack Buddies.

Thank you all for your help at our last Food Drive in Garden City and Surfside Beach.

Only because of you we filled 2 vans and collected almost $1300 in cash!

We have increased our kids and we now have 3105 children we feed every week!!!!

Our efforts allowed us to feed those children for a week-end. Bless you all!

Our next food drive is  June 21  and will start the am shift at 9:30 due to the traffic entering Walmart at that time.

Please let us know what shift you are would like to help us with.

9:30 – 12:00
12:00- 2:00
2:00 – 4:00
4:00 – 6:00

It is because of all of you Barb is able to feed these children throughout the year.

Thank you all for helping us make sure NO child goes to bed hungry.

Pat pkeisen@gmail.com
Margaret mhg550@hotmail.com

Food List for Back Pack Buddies

  • Pop Tarts
  • Pudding   
  • Cereal       
  • Fruit Cups
  • Ravioli
  • Mac & Cheese (ind pkg)   
  • Juice
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Canned Meats
  • Powdered Drink Mixes
  • Oatmeal & Cereal (ind pkg)
  • Gift cards for fresh produce & milk

Next time you're at the grocery store, don't forget Help4Kids.

Deliver to:

12053 Hwy 17 South Bypass
Garden City, SC 29576
For Pickup Call : 843- 651-4310 

List of School Supplies

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Black Marble composition books
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • 2 inch Plastic Binders
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Folders
  • And always Book Bags any size.

List of Items Needed for the Kids.

  •  Socks
  •  Underwear  
  •  Pajamas
  •  Hygiene Products
  • Blankets and Sleeping Bags when weather turns cold
Your help is greatly appreciated.