Backpack Attack underway in Boone County

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A community-wide school supply driveis currently underway in Boone County. The Lebanon Kiwanis Club, Gander Mountain Distribution Center, The Caring Center and the Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Clubare joining United Way’s BackPack Attack to collect new school supplies to distribute to Boone County children in need.

Over 45 community partners have agreed to help collect supplies, including corporations, service organizations, churches and others. The school supplies will be sorted, counted, packed and delivered to Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club for distribution on Saturday, August 4 from 9a.m.-12-noon.  Additional supplies will be delivered, based on need, to the elementary, middle, and high schools inBooneCountybefore school begins in August. The schools will distribute the additional supplies to students who need them.

Cash donations are also accepted. Checks can be made out to United Way of Central Indiana with BooneBackPack Attack written in the memo line, and mailed to United Way of Central Indiana – Boone County office, P.O. Box 773, Lebanon, IN  46052. All funds will be used in Boone County for Boone County students.

Christie Snyder,Boone County Area Director for United Way of Central Indiana, said that ensuring all of our children are ready for school is an important and worthwhile priority for everyone in the community.  “The sad reality is that many families in our county cannot afford to buy the basic school supplies that children are required to have in the classroom. BackPack Attack helps remove a barrier to learning for many children living in poverty inBooneCounty,” she said.

Snyder requested that all donated school suppliesbe new. The public can drop off school supplies at all Boone County libraries, the Lebanon Wal-Mart, the Boys & Girls Club – both Zionsville and Lebanon, The Arc – Greater Boone County, Witham Family YMCA, all Witham Hospital sites, Akard True Value and all State Bank of Lizton and Home National branches.  United Way Backpack Attack donation boxes will also be located in other businesses and organizations throughout the county.

To participate in BackPack Attack and obtain flyers listing needed supplies, please call the Boone County office of United Way of Central Indiana at 765.483.0165 or email amy.hammerle@uwci.org.

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