Local woman distributes backpacks for National Make a Difference Day

EVANSTON — In conjunction with National Make a Difference Day, Anjoli Mosier of Evanston embarked on a service project to help others in the community. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, she spent the day handing out “Pay It Forward” backpacks to anyone who stopped by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce office. 

Mosier said the project had been in the works since March after she had seen the idea for the backpacks promoted elsewhere. Each pack was filled with personal toiletry items like a toothbrush, soap, and a hand towel, as well as a water bottle and some non-perishable food items. 

The idea was to provide the backpacks to anyone who was in need, as well as to encourage others to hold on to them and pass them on to others when a need arose. 

Mosier said that area businesses NGL and Smith’s had donated to the project, as had another private donor. The SAFV Task Force had also contributed to the project and Evanston Girl Scouts helped put the 50 bags together, she said.

Mosier arranged the project as part of her service contract with AmeriCorps. She said that she had been volunteering a significant amount of time at SAFV when the AmeriCorps program was brought to her attention. 

AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs through which individuals can commit skills and time toward U.S. communities in several different focus areas. Upon completion of a service contract, individuals can then qualify for education awards and scholarships to help defray the cost of college. 

Mosier said her focus area is that of domestic violence and she is the only AmeriCorps member in this part of Wyoming with that particular focus.