More than 200 backpacks were stuffed full of new school supplies for more than 200 children in need. The Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, put its Second Annual 172vt Backpack Stuffing Drive in the books Thursday.
The initiative began last year to raise awareness for youth homelessness. School supplies are donated by local businesses and community members. Children receive these new backpacks and supplies through COTS, and other local youth help agencies.
"It doesn't just help the student who want a brand new backpack for school just like everyone else, but it helps parents too," says Development Director Becky Holt. "A backpack with supplies can cost $80, so that's a lot for families who are living paycheck to paycheck and if they have more than one kid that adds up really quickly, so this is a great way to make sure parents and kids have a great start to school."
Holt says about 20 volunteers helped stuff the packs, and there is still time to donate. COTS staff will be at Staples Friday and Saturday collecting supplies.
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