Although Russell Horning lives the fast-paced life of a viral sensation, he still finds time for his community, especially kids. Backpack Kid has visited numerous underprivileged schools across the nation to spread positivity, hand out gifts, and dole out “flossing” lessons. Inside Edition caught up with him at the Elsa Ebeling Elementary School in Brooklyn, where he gifted 400 students with new school supplies, which included backpacks, of course.
The Lawrenceville, Ga. native might have started a worldwide dance craze, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. According to his hometown CBS-8 affiliate, he lends a helping hand to the Aurora Theater of Gwinnett County, where he first graced a stage, and he has also partnered with local outreach programs such as the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), Gwinnett County Public schools, and The Boys and Girls Club of America.
Between his charity work and budding entertainment career, Horning makes time for his fan club, too. ABC 8 KLKN-TV reported that a die-hard Backpack Kid fan suffered an injury that required the amputation of his leg below the knee. Horning lent his support by sending him autographed photos and words of encouragement that reportedly lifted the boy’s spirits.