String Bag Project (SBP): Pulling communities together one bag at a time.

We do this by:

  1. Providing the economically challenged members of our local communities with string bags containing basic personal necessities such as toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, nail clippers, ponchos, hand sanitizer, razors, dental floss, tissues etc. For children, the bags contain child-approrpiate contents along with school supplies.
  2. Working with and through local shelters and outreach centers.
  3. Working with fellow high school students to create, build and run local String Bag Project chapters.


Think Big - Act Local

Our vision is to create a strong and enduring charity to support our local community AND to create a simple, replicable, model that can be mastered by high school students across South Florida, and ultimately across the United States.

Our goal is to create a win-win-win for students, community outreach centers and the economically challenged. The wins are many, but a few are:

For Students: The opportunity to learn how to build and run something that will enhance the local community and allow students to gain perspective by working one-on-one with shelters, and the people they serve.

For Local Community Outreach Centers: Additional basic personal necessities that the center may not be able to provide on an individual basis. The centers are also able to form stronger ties with local high school students.

For The Economically Challenged: A personal string bag filled with daily necessities. 

For Local Communities: Deeper shared compassion.


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SBP is a 501(C)3.

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Then high school sophomores, Cole Abbott and Spencer Williams, started String Bag Project (SBP) in the fall of 2014. They wanted to provide the many homeless and in-need men, women and children in and around South Florida with basic personal necessities. They came up with the idea of packing the items in a reusable string bag. The boys then provided 300 string bags through the Coconut Grove Crisis Food Pantry.

After seeing how much this relatively simple gesture was appreciated, they made it a goal to bring people and other communities together to provide these bags to anyone in need throughout South Florida.  SBP's expansion has included bringing on other highschool students to help build a lasting organization. To date, SBP has distributed over 3,000 bags through community outreach centers, such as Miami Rescue Mission, Lotus House, Chapman Partnership/Miami and Chapman Partnership/Homestead, Camillus House and Broward Outreach Center.

String Bag Project is providing hurricane releif to the Bahamas and Haiti. SBP is planning a trip to Jamaica to assist Usain Bolt and the Usain Bolt Foundation in distributing our string bags filled with school supplies to underprivileged children.