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Show Your Child how to Give Back

Show Your Child how to Give Back

Teaching kids a lesson in giving shouldn't be limited to the holiday season. Here's an easy—and important—way for your family to help local schoolchildren right now.

The words "needy children" make many of us think of donating food, clothing, and toys. While those are all good ideas, it's easy to forget school supplies. Encourage your child to share the excitement of a new school year by choosing supplies to donate while you do your own back-to-school shopping. Bonus: participating means you'll be ready for the first day of school nice and early this year. No more rushing around at the last minute!

OPERATION BACKPACK 2015, the annual drive to deliver new backpacks filled with new, grade-specific school supplies to children living in New York City’s homeless and domestic violence shelters, kicks off Monday, July 13th. This year, with family homelessness at an all-time high, the organization’s goal is to help 20,000 children.

The average cost of a filled backpack is $81, an expense few families in shelters can afford. Receiving one gives these children the supplies they need to do their work, and allows them to go to school with hope and confidence, looking and feeling more like "everyone else."
 
You can drop off a new backpack and/or new school supplies at select Duane Reade and Walgreens stores in New York City from July 13th to August 7th. More information, including a list of participating stores and suggested items for each grade, are at OperationbackpackNYC.org. To make a cash donation instead, you can go to Crowdrise.com/OperationBackpackNYC.

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