Help NYC's homeless students obtain necessary school supplies by participating with Operation Backpack, a program run by Volunteers of America–Greater New York.
Now through August 10, Brooklyn Borough Hall is an official drop-off location for donations of new backpacks and school supplies.
Last year, Volunteers of America-Greater New York provided 9,200 filled backpacks to children in need throughout the city—1,200 of those went to Brooklyn students.
The organization said this year's goal for the borough is to supply 4,400 backpack.
“Brooklyn Borough Hall is again proud to be a drop-off site for Operation Backpack, and I say bravo to the Volunteers of America-Greater New York and all of their public and corporate sponsors for helping children in shelters—who sometimes bear the weight of the world on their shoulders—to carry knowledge and a bright future on their backs,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Every item counts, from erasers to pencils, composition books to folders. All Duane Reade stores, where many supplies can be purchased, also serve as drop-off points for supplies.
For more information on Operation Backpack, with specific shopping lists and recommended brands, visit: www.voa-gny.org/Get-Involved/Operation-Backpack