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W.Va.’s Operation Backpack seeking donations

By Jordan Nelson for The Register-Herald of Beckley, W.Va.

Helen Lacey, left, and Ann Cline, volunteers for Operation Backpack, help sort school supplies that will be given away to over 950 students in Raleigh, Summers, and parts of Fayette and Wyoming Counties.
Photo by Rick Barbero

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Operation Backpack is currently accepting donations to send boys and girls back to school with a backpack full of supplies they will need throughout the school year. 

When Operation Backpack began in 1995, counselors at Beckley area public schools were asking for assistance in providing approximately 24 homeless students with the necessary supplies for the upcoming school year, according to Operation Backpack member Ann Cline.

Now in its 24th year, Operation Backpack provides around 900 needy students with new backpacks and appropriate supplies for elementary, middle and high school students. 

“At the end of every school year, school counselors contact Operation Backpack to inform us what materials will be needed for students the following year and the estimated number of children at that school who are from households which will not have financial ability to purchase the materials,” a press release stated. “Operation Backpack then works to complete those orders and the counselors at each school pick up the requested backpacks the week before school begins.” …

Read more: https://www.register-herald.com/news/operation-backpack-seeking-donations/article_4e18bff3-c71e-55eb-8c42-9d0c2676e7ee.html

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