Meet the Creators

Karina Wilson, Genna Green, Alyssa Kowalczyk


Hello, my name is Karina Wilson. Two close friends and I founded ‘Bags of Hope’, spreading hope and love for those in need in the Tampa area, one bag at a time. I am a junior at Tampa Catholic High School. I am very involved at TC and an honor roll student. I am a varsity cheerleader and a TC Lacrosse player. I am a Tampa Catholic Ambassador,  in the Key Club, Think Pink, Spanish Club, For The Kids (supporting children who fight cancer and other illnesses - another passion), CrossFit (Religion/Faith Club) and the Green Locos Spirit club.  I attend church regularly, love my youth group - AGAPE-and I have earned nearly 200 service hours in high school. My favorite thing to do is watch hockey (Go bolts!). 


Hey, my name is Alyssa Kowalczyk and I am one of the creators of Bags of Hope Tampa! I attend Steinbrenner High School where I am very involved and active.  I am a cheerleader for Steinbrenner and participate in National Honors Society, Beta and more.  I love school but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends! Two of my best friends are Genna and Karina, the other creators of Bags of Hope Tampa. One of our favorite things to do is go downtown and do photo shoots where we see beautiful art, our favorite boys at Amalie arena and sadly many people in need. I am so excited to see where this journey takes me and my best friends as we change lives all over Tampa Bay!


My name is Genna Green and I’m a junior at Gaither High School. I am involved in lots of activities at school involving student government and I am on the tennis team. Before high school, I cheered for the Northside Dolphins. This is where I met some of my best friends that I have today. Two of them are Alyssa and Karina. We love going downtown together but it upsets us seeing the people in need on the sides of the road.  The idea of Bags of Hope is to help those people in need and give them hope that things will get better.  We are excited to provide some HOPE!