WILX Make an Impact Operation Backpack is Success!

Presented by WILX, Delta Dental in support of St. Vincent Catholic Charities
Operation Backpack
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Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 10:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 3:43 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE: WILX partnered with St. Vincent Catholic Charities the week of July 18th to bring awareness to the need for back to school donations right here in Mid-Michigan. For the entire week, donations were collected at the WILX studios, Delta Dental and St. Vincent’s. During this week, hundreds of products were donated by generous viewers to help local children return to school with the backpacks and supplies they need.

The event wrapped up on that Friday with the successful NEWS 10 Phone Bank during all News 10 newscasts and WILX’s Lifestyle show, Studio 10. Many volunteers from St. Vincent’s worked hours to answer the phones and take donations for the backpack drive. During this time, almost $6,000 was raised to purchase supplies. “Operation Backpack is one of our biggest programs at STVCC. Thanks to the help of our community partners, WILX News 10 and Delta Dental, we are able to provide new backpacks and all the basic supplies students need to start the school year!” said Sara Pettit, Director of Development for St. Vincent Catholic Charities. “This year, thanks to the Make an Impact collection and telethon, we are able give roughly 200 students the supplies they need to be successful this school year. On behalf of STVCC, our staff, volunteers, and families we serve, we are so grateful and blessed to have the support of our community!”

Next, volunteer groups will help assemble the backpacks and supplies. Backpacks are donated to students seeking services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, which this year includes a large population of Afghan refugee children and teens, children in foster care and those seeking mental health services through their counseling services.

Thanks Mid-Michigan for helping to MAKE AN IMPACT!

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For the week of July 18 to July 22, WILX is partnering with St. Vincent Catholic Charities to support local children collecting new backpacks and school supplies to help local kids start school with what they need!

Items can be dropped off through July 22 at:

  • WILX Studios, 500 American Drive, Lansing
  • Delta Dental, 4100 Okemos Road, Okemos
  • St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities, 2800 West Willow Street, Lansing (by the garage door)

Most needed school supplies include:

  • New backpacks, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, lined notebook paper, three-ring binders, pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue, glue sticks, highlighters, crayons, colored markers, colored pencils, rulers and planners.

If you are unable to donate in person and would still like to donate, WILX will be hosting a News 10 Phone Bank on Friday, July 22 during our newscasts at:

  • 4:30 - 7 a.m.
  • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand to answer your calls and take monetary donations over the phone to purchase products in need.

You can also donate directly online HERE and learn more about St. Vincent Catholic Charities and the amazing work they do by clicking HERE.

Thank you Mid-Michigan for helping to Make an Impact!

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