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'Operation Backpack' to Help Area Kids in Need

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The first day of school for Washoe County is a little less than two weeks away. For many parents that means back-to-school shopping, but for the less fortunate, that can be a very stressful time.

There's a new program to help those parents. Volunteers of America is collecting backpacks full of supplies for homeless kids in Washoe County. "It's so important to be able to equip our homeless children for a brand new year at school. To be able to help them start the school year off on the right foot," says Sandy Isham.

Volunteers of America have collected almost 600 backpacks for their second year of the "Operation Backpack" program. 

Isham says there are about 3,000 homeless kids in Washoe County alone and many of them need help starting school with all the right supplies. So, hundreds of donors stuffed backpacks full of crayons and markers, folders, journals and everything else a student might need. Wednesday, they started distribution which will continue through the month of August. "When a child gets a brand new backpack, their face just lights up and they're so excited, but you know who else gets excited are the donors. I'm not sure anyone is more excited than they are."

They are still collecting backpacks and supplies through next month so if you'd like to donate or learn more, call 775-322-7143, or go to www.voa-nev.org.

Written by Arianna Bennett 

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