A New Backpacks for Kids Program in Nassau

The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and the First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, joined together Feb. 16 at Hilliard Elementary School to present 50 kids with special backpacks of their own.

For years, the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) has been a supporter of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and First Coast Blessings in a Backpack as charitable partners. This year, Amelia Island hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team at the Omni Amelia Island Resort during the holiday season while the team was in the region for the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

AICVB joined the Fighting Irish to pack more than 550 Notre Dame backpacks with snacks, treats and positive messages written by the players to be delivered to children throughout the First Coast.

For the first time, AICVB was able to ensure that Nassau County children benefitted from the program as well.

Students at Hilliard Elementary were nominated by their teachers and their principal, Danielle Loudermilk, to participate in this kickoff program.