Operation Backpack comes to a close

LANSING, MI (WILX) - Operation Backpack has ended.

Tuesday morning, St. Vincent Catholic Charities gave away dozens of backpacks to children in need.

Inside the backpacks were basic school supplies like pens, pencils, rulers, and crayons along with toothbrushes and a water bottle.

Sarah Pettit, St.Vincent Catholic Charities Development Outreach Officer said that usually there is an abundant supply of backpacks donated each year and they will set aside some backpacks and supplies to give out throughout the school year.

However, once each client and their children receive a backpack, the church will send extra backpacks and supplies to different organizations including, Connect for Kids, Lansing School District, and Cristo Rey Community Center.

Pettit said, "As you're probably aware we have a lot of different family dynamics in this area and we just want to make sure everyone starts out on an even playing field and we don't want parents to be stressed out about not being able to supply those things for their kids."

This is the 16th year of the school supply drive.

News 10 partnered with Two Men and a Truck for this event, and Pettit said there were several News 10 viewers who donated backpacks and supplies. (Thank you!)

Anyone is still welcome to drop off supplies to St. Vincent Catholic Charities between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There is a donation drop-off door at the facility 2800 W. Willow Street, Lansing.

Extra supplies will be donated to other organizations in the community.

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