Partner Spotlight: RXR Realty

It's safe to say that Operation Backpack® (OBP) would not exist without the incredible generosity of RXR Realty and Operations Manager Mitchell Grant (pictured above). Before our partnership with RXR, we had the arduous task of finding a physical location that could house the growing OBP campaign every year. Now, thanks to their reliability and devotion to the cause, RXR annually donates space for our OBP "Sort Week(s)," when we receive thousands of donated backpacks, sort all of the supplies purchased through our fundraising efforts into the backpacks, and prepare the backpacks for delivery to the children in shelters across the city. RXR also promotes Operation Backpack® in others of their commercial buildings, outside of the donated space, giving tenants a way to impact lives of NYC's homeless children.

During Sort Week(s) — and year round — the staff treats us as to we are valued, paying tenants. They have made us feel very much a part of the RXR "family", welcoming us back each year.The customer service of the building staff is unparalleled across every department and they embrace Volunteers of America and OBP, from assisting with freight deliveries, to making sure that trash is removed from "Sort Space," to marketing the campaign on social media.

Beyond Operation Backpack®, RXR also provides space for our holiday drives during the holiday season. They helped ensure the continuation of our Brightening Birthdays™ initiative, which gives all children living in our seven family shelters a birthday celebration to look forward to. Thanks to the space that RXR donates, we can give three wrapped gifts to each child, along with a “Birthday-in-a-Box” to each shelter complete with celebratory streamers, party hats, goody bags for the children’s siblings, and much more.

Thank you for all that you do year-round, RXR!