A simple notebook, scissors, a backpack; what are these worth? To a small child starting school, they could mean the difference between learning and helplessness. That’s why NewsCenter 16 is teaming up with McDonald’s, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, Meijer, U-93, the Kelly Cares Foundation, the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, and area agencies for the 16 Pack-A-Backpack school supply drive. Over the past thirteen years, NewsCenter 16 and our volunteer organizations have distributed more than 41 thousand back to school kits to deserving children in grades K through 6 throughout the community.
To help answer your questions, we’ve pulled together some information about this year’s 16 Pack-A-Backpack.
Where can I drop off a donation for 16 Pack-A-Backpack?
At any area McDonald’s or Notre Dame Federal Credit Union location and select other locations in Michiana from July 14 to August 2nd. Or you can bring your donations to one of our live Backpack drive locations on Saturday, August 2nd between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. NewsCenter 16 will be broadcasting from these locations:
1706 ELKHART/GOSHEN ROAD
2010 N. MICHIGAN STREET
ST. JOE, MICHIGAN MCDONALD’S
2820 NILES ROAD
What kind of supplies do you need?
We’ll gladly take just about any unused school supplies appropriate for students grades K though 6, but here’s a rough list to help you with your donation:
Crayons (16 Or 24 Count)
Who gets the supplies that are donated locally?
Local children grades K through 6 get the backpacks and supplies. WNDU-TV works with agencies in WNDU-TV’s 10-county viewing area to identify low-income children who need the supplies.
As a business leader, what can I do to help 16 Pack-A-Backpack?
You play a key role supporting Pack-A-Backpack. Here are some ways you can help:
1. Encourage your employees and customers to support 16 Pack-A-Backpack. Perhaps you can organize your own company-wide drive and bring the donation to one of our collection locations on Saturday, August 2nd.
2. Consider making a monetary donation. The money collected will be used to buy additional school supplies as needed to meet the demand. Donations can be made to the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, 520 Crescent Ave, South Bend, Indiana 46617. If you write a check, please be sure to write 16 Pack-A-Backpack in the memo portion of the check.
3. Provide a team of volunteers to support the warehousing and packing efforts. From August 4 to August 15, Pack-A-Backpack will need teams of volunteers to sort donations and prepare supplies for delivery to area agencies. Sorting will take place at a facility in South Bend during regular business hours. If you’d like to provide a team, please contact Janelle Fricke at WNDU at (574) 284-3162.
4. Consider donating your unused company office products. If your business has gone through changes and you have an abundance of outdated company office supplies, Pack-A-Backpack can put them to use. If they’re acceptable for grades K through 6, we’ll gladly take your unused but outdated pens, pads, pencils, etc.
If I need school supplies, who do I contact?
WNDU will provide a list of agencies to the United Way by late-July. To find a participating organization, please contact the United Way helpline at 211.