Saint Bernard Gives Back to School in Second Annual Backpack Drive

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Saint Bernard Back-to-School Shoppers to Donate Gently Used Backpacks for Gift Vouchers

“Our team at Saint Bernard is passionate about helping shoppers feel confident and prepared for new experiences. It is a privilege to extend that to the community in need." - Wes Goyer, Saint Bernard founder and president

With 37 years of outfitting families in Texas for adventure, Saint Bernard, formerly St. Bernard Sports, is helping get the community back to school with a $20 gift voucher for a future purchase of $100 or more to shoppers who bring a gently used backpack to the Dallas and Austin during the month of August. The backpacks will benefit children in need through St. Phillips Community Center in Dallas and Breakthrough in Austin.

“From the ski slopes to the beach and back to school, our team at Saint Bernard is passionate about helping shoppers feel confident and prepared for new experiences,” says Wes Goyer, president and founder of Saint Bernard, “It is a privilege to work with our charity partners to extend that feeling to those in our community in most need.”

The program also seeks to help Saint Bernard customers with their back-to-school shopping, as the $20 gift vouchers can be used on any purchase of $100 or more in stores. New fall arrivals from brands such as Patagonia, Citizens of Humanity, Southern Tide and Herschel backpacks are ready for style-savvy shoppers getting ready for the new school year.

Lasheryl Walker, community center coordinator for St. Phillip’s, shares that the backpack drive does its part to instill confidence and opportunity to children in need.

“Many of our children did not have backpacks when school started, and we were able to give those who needed one a backpack,” Walker says. “Some had backpacks but they were used and dirty. It was nice to give them a brand new backpack. Those that were left over was given out later in the school year for those students that lost their backpack or needed a new one from wear and tear."

Gently used backpacks should be brought to Saint Bernard stores in Inwood Village at 5570 W. Lovers Ln #3388 Dallas, TX, 75209, in The Shops at Park Lane at 8044 Park Lane #D140, Dallas, TX, 75231, and the 2nd St District in Austin at 401 W. 3rd St., Austin, TX 78701. For store hours for each location, please visit

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