About Us

Backpacks of Mercy is a Colorado Non-profit 501 C 3 organization founded by David and Katherina Carson in 2015.

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Backpacks of Mercy is a Colorado non-profit organization founded in 2015 by David and Katherina Carson to honor Veterans in downtown Denver who are struggling to find reliable housing and other life essentials.  Dave and Katherina’s heart for Veterans is personally driven by first-hand experience with two family members, a brother who was injured by an IED in Desert Storm, and father who served in Vietnam resulting in severe PTSD.  They understand the personal and family devastation that often follows a life dedicated to serving our country.  The initial 80 backpacks distributed in 2015 has increased to over 500 backpacks stuffed with winter essentials and delivered to Veterans in Colorado.

Working with a dedicated group of volunteers, Backpacks of Mercy distributes backpacks stuffed with coats, hats, gloves, socks, first aid items, toiletries, food, and water to hundreds of displaced and transitional military Veterans each year.  Backpacks are delivered to non-profit shelters such as Denver Rescue Mission, VA Hospital, Bill Daniels Volunteers of America Center, mental health facilities, Veterans offices, as well as hand to hand volunteer to Veteran. Backpacks of Mercy also provides monthly meals served to hundreds of Veterans at various locations, and at VA sponsored events such as the annual Stand Down.

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Backpacks of Mercy volunteers work faithfully year-round to prepare backpacks primarily for the winter months. Our vision is to exceed the 500 backpacks distributed each year to 1000+ and  expand these services to Veterans in surrounding counties to help as many of our heroes as possible.


Backpacks of Mercy exists to honor displaced and transitional military veterans in the Denver Metro area by providing meals and life essentials.


Our vision is to expand and broaden our services to as many veterans as need them.