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Kids Need Backpacks for Back-To-School: You Can Help

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By Jim Sliney Jr.

Catholic Charities of New York and its biggest division, the Catholic Charities Community Services have, for years, been supporting back-to-school efforts by donating backpacks and school supplies to New York’s youth.

I remember when I was a kid how excited I got over pencil cases, pencils, pens, and notebooks. But it was my backpack that was most like an extension of my identity. I didn’t realize the monetary value of the school supplies (for me, my brother and my sister) to be ready for the school year. Readers, I just went to an online school supply store and chose the cheapest versions of 3-subject notebook, 5 pens, 12 pencils, a pencil case, and a standard backpack – it cost $46!

That’s a big reason why Catholic Charities is sponsoring events throughout the Archdiocese of New York to get backpacks and supplies into the hands of kids heading back to school.


This year’s Back-To-School Drive needs buyers! Buyers can purchase backpacks and school supplies from now until October 1st. The backpacks and supplies will be distributed throughout all parts of Catholic Charities of New York – that’s as far north as Ulster county and as far south as Staten Island.


There is an AMAZON GIFT REGISTRY [<<<click there] for easty shopping, or

A GOOGLE FORM [<<<click there] if you want to do your own shopping, If you do your own shopping, you willl need to mail-in or drop off your purchases to The Cardinal Spellman Center, East Village (Manhattan), 137 East 2nd Street, NY, NY 10009. Backpacks and supplies are going to children from pre-K all the way through high school. You can even choose which grade-range to buy for if you wish.


You can also sign up a team! Your officemates, your classmates, your church group, your Dungeons and Dragons adventuring party – it’s a fun group effort! Just visit the Catholic Charities Volunteer website [<<<click there] and sign up.

Please help us get these much needed supplies into the hands of the families and the students that need them. How many backpacks can YOU or YOUR GROUP provide?

Catholic Charities is responding to the needs of our neighbors during the 
COVID-19 pandemic.

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