Daughter Continues Mom's Legacy of Helping Others

Daughter Continues Mom's Legacy of Helping Others
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Published: May 23, 2024
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Kaela Hammerstrom Combs is the second generation to run a national organization founded by her mother decades ago -- Blessings in a Backpack, which works through schools to distribute backpacks filled with food to students in need on Fridays. The provisions help the students and their families get through the weekend. The organization now serves students around the country and has garnered support and funding from large corporations and local businesses. 

While her mother passed away 15 years ago, Combs is committed to continuing her legacy of helping other families. In this interview, she shares how she honors her mom by educating skeptics in the community about hunger in their midst, forming partnerships with businesses and community groups to gather the resources and funding for her program, and the impact her family's mission has had on the children and their families. Her experience holds great lessons for any family-run business or organization that hopes to continue the founder's spirit and mission in the next generation.


Kimberly Eddleston
Kimberly Eddleston
Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship / D'Amore-McKim School of Business / Northeastern University
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DOI: 10.32617/1083-664f24c51fbb0
Eddleston, Kimberly. "Daughter Continues Mom's Legacy of Helping Others." FamilyBusiness.org. 23 May. 2024. Web 24 Jun. 2024 <https://familybusiness.org/content/daughter-continues-moms-legacy-of-helping-others>.
Eddleston, K. (2024, May 23). Daughter continues mom's legacy of helping others. FamilyBusiness.org. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://familybusiness.org/content/daughter-continues-moms-legacy-of-helping-others