Backpacks for Back to School

EZI 9 News, Oregon Community Credit Union and St. Vincent de Paul are teaming up to help kids get backpacks for back to school, and other school supplies.EUGENE, Ore. — Our annual Backpacks for Back-to-School Drive is under way.

This year KEZI 9 News is partnering with Oregon Community Credit Union, selling paper backpacks for a dollar. That money goes to the Brattain House and St. Vincent de Paul to buy school supplies for low income kids in Lane County.

Last year’s drive helped 4,500 kids start the school year with all the supplies they needed.

“I think kids are such an important part of our community, everyone really rallies around this cause I think for that reason and it shouldn’t be a worry for kids in Lane County to have to go to school and not be able to learn or not be ready to learn because they don’t have basic school supplies,” said Sarah Allen, OCCU marketing specialist.

You can get the paper backpacks for a dollar at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch in Eugene and Springfield and all St. Vincent de Paul stores in Eugene, Springfield, Oakridge, Florence and Albany. There will also be donation bins inside local Bi-Mart stores and several other locations. Supplies will be distributed later this month.

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