2016 Backpacks For Kids


Coos Bay Area Soroptimists and the Department of Human Services will partner for the 13th annual Operation Backpacks for Kids to benefit children displaced from violence, neglect and drug-affected homes into emergency foster care.


Many times, children taken from their homes and placed in foster care face a double trauma. They suddenly lose their parents, clothing, toys, school supplies and even their toothbrush. Coos Bay Soroptimists along with their sponsors aim to help at the 13th annual collection.

New Items are needed

  • Backpacks
  • Jeans, t-shirts & shoes
  • Hygiene products (soaps, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste)
  • Infant supplies (diapers, bottles receiving blankets, formula, toys, etc)
  • Quilts and blankets
  • Books or journals for all ages
  • Snack supplies (granola bars, cheese & crackers, juice boxes, fruit snacks/roll-ups, peanut butter & crackers and jerky)


Donations can be made early at these locations:
-Coos Bay Bi-Mart, 550 S 4th St, Coos Bay, OR 97420
-North Bend Bi-Mart, 2131 Newmark St, North Bend, OR 97459
-Ray’s Food Place in Bandon, 66 Michigan Ave NE, Bandon, OR 97411
-Coos Bay Visitors Center, 50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420
-K-DOCK Radio, 3120 Broadway Ave., North Bend
The Coos Bay Area Soroptimists and Bi-Mart will host a collection October 22nd at The Coos Bay and North Bend Bi-Mart Stores. Look for donation suggestions on the Bi-Mart screens. K-DOCK “Classic Hits” Radio is proud to sponsor the event and will broadcast live from the North Bend Store from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Debbie Collins (541) 808-7497


Bailey’s Health Food Center, nationally known for their natural health food and where they care about your health. Open MondaySunday in the Public Square Shopping Center, North Bend.  Phone: (541) 756-3004.

Bassett Hyland Energy Company, keeping your engine clean with Techron at Chevron, serving Coos and Douglas Counties. Website: www.bassetthyland.com. Phone: (541) 267-2107.

Bay Optical the only full service optical lab on the South Coast. They keep you seeing well and looking good. Address: 3587 Broadway, North Bend OR 97459. Phone: (541) 756-2571.

Belisle’s Dentures By Design in Coos Bay is where quality dentures cost less.   Open Monday throughFriday. Address: 970 S Broadway, Coos Bay OR 97420. Phone: (541) 267-7278. Website: www.belislesdenturesbydesign.com.

Bi-Mart is proud to support Operation Backpacks since it began. Right now, stop into your Coos Bay or North Bend Bi-Mart store, pick up a backpack or item to donate. Bi-Mart, just right for the Northwest.

Farr’s True Value Coos Bay and Coquille. Start your projects off right with quality tools, products and expert advice. Farr’s has everything!

Ken Ware, Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac is the best deal on new and used vehicles in Oregon. Test drive yours today. See their entire inventory online at www.kenware.net. Address: 1595 Newmark, North Bend OR 97459.  Phone: (541) 756-1181.

North Bend Lanes, your home for family fun in North Bend.  Fall Leagues are starting.  Phone: (541) 756-0571. Address: 1225 Virginia Avenue, North Bend OR  97459.

Reed’s Import Specialists in North Bend is your complete import auto repair, service and maintenance headquarters. Address: 2349 Broadway Ave., North Bend OR 97459.  Phone (541) 756-6482.

Russ Clark State Farm Insurance Agent, providing insurance and financial services.Like a good neighbor State Farm is there! Address: 272 Park Avenue, Coos Bay OR  97420. Phone: (541) 267-4441.  Website: www.statefarm.com.

World Pawn Exchange in North Bend has everything and more. They even buy gold and silver.  Address: 1980 Sherman Ave., North Bend OR 97459. Phone: (541) 756-2789.

Verger Chrysler Jeep, Dodge and Ram is committed to customer service and satisfaction.  Visit their showroom at 1400 Ocean Boulevard, Coos Bay OR 97420.  You can also find their huge inventory of new and used vehicles online at www.verger.com. Phone: (541) 888-5594.