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Community Organizations Help Send Kids Back to School

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Parents will spend more to send their kids back to school this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The average family is expected to shell out around $670 for clothes, supplies, and electronic items. Thatís up 5 percent from last year. Itís a bill some families simply canít afford, but there is help available. The Salvation Army is partnering with several community organizations to hand out free backpacks loaded with supplies. The Back to School Backpack Project plans to hand out 2,000 backpacks this year on a first come first serve basis. Thatís 800 more than they gave out last year, when they did this for the first time. Those backpacks were gone in just 30 minutes. A donation from Rotary West allowed them to buy all the backpacks this year and with other donations and grants they thought they had enough money to buy supplies to fill them. Until it came time to shop.

ďWhen I went to the store this year the cost was up quite a bit some even doubled,Ē said Robyn Rieckhoff, Back to School Backpack Project

Thatís where you can help. The Salvation Army and their partners are asking for monetary donations to purchase the supplies they needs for kids in the community. You can send a check made out to ďCR BackpacksĒ to 1445 Mount Vernon Road SE. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403.

The backpack giveaway will be at the Salvation Army on August 16th from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. There is no preregistration required, just show up here that morning. You do have to be a Linn County Resident, and will need to show an ID as proof of residency.

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