Ryan Caparros, 11, visited Costa Rica and promised to send 50 backpacks to needy schoolchildren. A collection drive he started at school garnered 350 backpacks. Unfortunately, when his father took the backpacks to be dry cleaned, 300 were stolen from his car. After restarting the effort, Ryan is back up to 180 backpacks, in addition to donated money. His new goal is to send 400 backpacks to the Costa Rican schoolchildren.
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)