16 Pack-a-Backpack
Join NewsCenter 16 Saturday, July 30th 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, Growing Kids Learning Centers, The United Way of Saint Joseph County, and area agencies for the 16 Pack-A-Backpack school supply drive. Over the past 10 years, NewsCenter 16 and our volunteer organizations have distributed more than 38 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 location through July 30th. Or you can bring your donations to the WNDU-TV Studios on Saturday, July 30th between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. WNDU is located at 54516 State Road 933, South Bend.

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:
  • Backpacks
  • Big Erasers
  • Binders
  • Color Pencils
  • Crayons (16 Or 24 Count)
  • Filler Paper
  • Folders
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
You can also make a monetary donation to the United Way of Saint Joseph County, 3517 E. Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana 46615. If you write a check, please be sure to write 16 Pack-A-Backpack in the memo portion of the check.

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, July 30th. 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 or click here.

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