Join WNDU-TV and our partners Saturday, August 3rd for 16 Pack-A-Backpack

A 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 WNDU-TV is teaming up with the Kelly Cares Foundation, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, McDonald’s, the Better Business Bureau, Goodwill, Meijer, Integra Certified Document Destruction, U93, and area agencies for the 16 Pack-A-Backpack school supply drive.  Over the past eighteen years, WNDU-TV and our volunteer organizations have distributed more than 62,895 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?

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.  WNDU-TV will be broadcasting from these locations:

WNDU-TV—54516 STATE ROAD 933, SOUTH BEND
GOSHEN MCDONALD’S—1706 ELKHART ROAD
PLYMOUTH MCDONALD’S—2010 N. MICHIGAN STREET
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN MCDONALD’S—2020 PIPESTONE 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. 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


Who gets the supplies?

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 3rd.

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 Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. PO Box 3846, 1805 W. Western Ave., South Bend, IN 46619. 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.  We may have volunteer opportunities for adults in July and August. 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 works with a number of school corporations and agencies throughout Michiana. Click here for a list of agency contacts.

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