COLUMBIA, Maryland (WJZ) – As the children prepare to return to school, families begin to stock up on school supplies.
Unfortunately, this is an expense that some families cannot afford. This is where Operation Backpack comes in to help.
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They plan to provide 2,500 students in the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia area with backpacks that Lydia Barkley-Colbert and other volunteers pack for distribution to students in need of Operation Backpack.
The backpacks are filled with grade-appropriate supplies that have either been donated or purchased with donated funds. Help ease the burden that back-to-school purchases can place on low-income families.
“There are a lot of families who have lost their jobs and just being able to help these families means a lot to us,” said Barkley-Colbert, who was helping fill the backpacks.
It is an effort organized by Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas.
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“With the low income and the homeless, the impact of education is huge,” said Gianna Sullivan of Volunteers of America. at school.”
While at first glance it might look like pens and pencils, they could very well set them up for a life of success.
“Ideally, we want them to love what they do and do what they love,” said Dr. Sullivan, “and we want them to celebrate their careers in education and to be successful and thrive. in making their dream come true.
On Saturday alone, they packed 250 backpacks. They haven’t finished; they still have backpack preparation events planned and they also need donations.
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