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  • Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

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APDS and Operation Backpack team up to deliver school supplies to homeless children in need

On August 19th, the APDS team joined forces with the Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack to help thousands of homeless school-aged kids in New York City prepare for school. The incredible project provides, with the help of over 180 sponsors, backpacks filled with grade specific supplies for K-12 students residing in homeless shelters across New York City.

Doing so not only prepares kids for a successful school year, but also helps eliminate the stigma associated with living in a shelter. For many of these children, beginning the school year with no backpack and few, if any, school supplies identify them as “disadvantaged” or as “shelter kids” from day one.  By reducing the hardship these students face, Operation Backpack hopes to aid their future success.

The project is an enormous undertaking, with nearly 18,000 filled backpacks required to serve this population. Throughout the summer months, hundreds of volunteers have both donated supplies, or gathered to help fill packs. We joined the project last Friday, spending the afternoon packing backpacks for the worthy cause. The day was a huge success, and APDS was thrilled to play even a small part in this wonderful project.

Check out some pictures from the day below:

APDS Support Associate, Lynette Gonzalez packs two bags at once for students in grades 5-8
APDS’ Tadesh Inagaki and Kevin Tripp stuff backpacks for Pre-k and Kindergarten aged children
Team APDS celebrates after a successful day with Operation Backpack!