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 in Horry County.

Help4Kids Van needs HELP!


Food donations this summer have been wonderful.  However, just as we begin to fill our weekend food bags for Backpack Buddies, one of our two school delivery vans has become unreliable.  It has over 200,000 ‘hard’ miles and continues to break down.

We are asking for donations to be sent to our address with “VAN” in memo.  We must have both vans in working order to deliver food to each of our 28 Horry County schools every Friday.  Please contact us if you know of a gently used van available for donation or at a great price!IMG_1966


Help4Kids / Backpack Buddies
12053 Hwy 17 South Bypass
Garden City, SC 29576

Phone: 843- 651-4310
email:  info@help4kidssc.org



Walmart Food Drive Saturday, September 6th

Our next Walmart Food Drive will be held Saturday, September 6th at both the Garden City and Surfside Beach locations.  We need six volunteers every two hours at both stores.  We also need packers to help load the van.  Please contact us at 843-651-4310 or email us at info@help4kidssc.org if you can help!

Good Morning Carolinas visits Help4Kids

Be sure and watch Amanda Kinseth from Good Morning Carolina with H4Ks volunteers pack school supplies and weekend food for Backpack Buddies!

Met Glas Loves Back Pack Buddies


Metglas delivered a generous check to us for the kids.

We appreciate all of their help. Back to School, Vienna Sausage Campaign, Christmas and all year they are there for us.

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!



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.