The Child Center of NY holds an annual backpack drive to ensure that every child in our programs who needs a backpack and school supplies has them on the first day of school. Many of the families we serve count on us to help them with these necessities, which can cost more than $100 for each child. This year, our drive is especially vital, as children return to in-person learning, some for the first time in more than a year.
To help get the word out, Spectrum News NY1 aired a special segment about our backpack drive in which anchor Angi Gonzalez explained how everyday New Yorkers can help. As Child Center Senior Vice President Linda Rodriguez explains in the clip, a donation of just $35 buys a fully stocked backpack, worth $100, for a child who needs one.
We are grateful to Spectrum News NY1 for helping to spread the word, and we are thankful for all those who have donated so far. If you haven’t yet, we hope you will join us by donating a backpack to a child in need today! It takes less than a minute to donate, and every dollar goes directly toward buying a fully stocked backpack so that a child can begin this school year on the right foot.
Further reading: See the impact of last year’s backpack drive in the blog post, “From Our Afterschool Families: Thank You for Supporting the Back-to-School Drive!”