Join NewsCenter 16 and our partners Saturday, August 3rd. for 16 Pack-A-Backpack
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 Saint Vincent De Paul Society, and area agencies for the 16 Pack-A-Backpack school supply drive. Over the past twelve 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 or Notre Dame Federal Credit Union location and select other locations in Michiana from now to August 3rd.
Or you can bring your donations to one of our live Backpack drive locations on Saturday, August 3Rd between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. NewsCenter 16 will be broadcasting from these locations:
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)
You can also make a monetary donation to the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, 520 Crescent Ave, South Bend, Indian 46617. 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, August 3Rd. 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?
WNDU will provide a list of agencies to the United Way by mid-July. To find a participating organization, please contact the United Way helpline at 211.