Real estate company collecting backpacks


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has launched its 23rd annual Backpack Challenge.

The Northeast Florida real estate firm is collecting new backpacks and school supplies for students in kindergarten through high school at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices now until Aug. 1. The company is also collecting cash and check donations to purchase backpacks and school supplies, which will be provided to local charities that serve Northeast Florida children.

“Backpacks containing essential school supplies give children the tools they need to start school with enthusiasm and confidence — and to succeed throughout the year,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder and Chairperson Linda Sherrer. “Our Backpack Challenge is one of the ways our company assists children and families in our community. We encourage everyone to join us and support this worthy cause.”

Donations may be dropped off at the following office locations:

  • Ponte Vedra/Nocatee: 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • MuraBella at World Golf Village: 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine
  • Augustine: 112 Sea Grove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach
  • Beaches/Intracoastal West/Southside: 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach
  • Home Office: 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville
  • Avondale/Ortega/San Marco: 3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville
  • Mandarin/St. Johns: 12636 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville
  • Fleming Island/Orange Park: 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island

Mesh and clear backpacks are appreciated since some schools have adopted a clear bag policy. Label the outside of the backpacks with the suggested grade level. A list of recommended school supplies by grade level is available at


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