Callie’s backpacks helping Winnipeg’s homeless

Riley McDermid/ Global News

WINNIPEG – A young girl’s small idea is helping Winnipeg’s homeless in a big way.

10-year-old Callie Costello wanted to help those in need after watching a movie about a boy who filled backpacks with food, toiletries and treats for the homeless.

She asked her mother if they could do the same thing in Winnipeg.

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“I feel it’s my purpose to help people,” said Callie Costello.

Callie packed about 400 backpacks with the help of her mother and friends on Saturday. They are taking the bags to Siloam Mission in the evening.

“Homeless people use a backpack like we use a car trunk or a house for storage,” said Crysal Costello, Callie’s mom. “They don’t have very much so to be able to have somewhere to keep it safe, it’s a really good thing for them.”

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The bags were filled with food, clothing and other basic necessities.


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