| Join NewsCenter 16 Saturday, August 1st for 16 Pack-A-Backpack
NewsCenter 16 is committed to helping area children head back to school with the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're teaming up with McDonald's, Meijer, The United Way of Saint Joseph County, and area agencies for the 16 Pack-A-Backpack school supply drive. Over the past eight years, NewsCenter 16 and our volunteer organizations have distributed more than 28 thousand packages of back to school supplies 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?
It's easy and convenient! Simply drop off your donation at any of these area McDonald's locations from July 18th through July 31st:
You can also drop off your donation live on August 1st during NewsCenter 16 Saturday Morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. We will have live collection sites at these locations:
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:
As a business leader, what can I do to help 16 Pack-A-Backpack?
You play a key role by encouraging your employees 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 1St. We will also gladly accept monetary donations. The money collected will be used to buy additional school supplies as needed to meet the demand.
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.
If I need school supplies, who do I contact?
To find a participating organization, please contact the United Way helpline at 211. In Berrien County, call Hand-Up Ministry at 269-277-5018.
Cass County families may be able to get school supplies at the Lewis Cass Intermediate School. Distribution is for Cass County residents only and will take place on Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 AM at 61682 Dailey Rd., Cassopolis MI 49031. Supplies will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.