23 January 2012

Break Up With Your Bag

My Timbuk2 collection increased by one this past week.

Yes, I now have 3 Timbuk2 bags, an XL messenger, a Commute 1.0, and now an XS D-Lux messenger. No, I do not have a problem, and I do not need to seek help for my obsession.

The way I came to have this new bag is what makes this story post-worthy.

One of my regular stops at the Outdoor Retailer show is the Timbuk2 booth. As you can possibly tell, I'm a big fan of their products.

This time, I noticed that they were doing a promotion called "Break Up With Your Bag". How it worked was they would collect your old bag (any bag or backpack), and for a $40 donation, you would walk away with a new Timbuk2 bag. There were four different styles that you could choose from.

I asked what they were going to do with the collected bags, and was told that the bags and money were being collected for At the Crossroads, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that helps homeless youth and young adults rebuild their lives.

This is the first year that they have done this promotion, and I was told that it was a great success, they ended up raising quite a bit for At the Crossroads. (Exact figures are not available yet, I will update the post when they are.)

I encourage you to go check out At the Crossroads, and see the work that they are doing for this group that has fallen through the cracks - too old to recive help from youth agencies, don't identify as "homeless" and unlikely to approach or seek help from agencies that assist the homeless.


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