Operation Backpack Aims to Grow in 2012

CFS kicks off their annual back to school drive with a goal of 5000 backpacks
Monday, June 25, 2012
CAMDEN- It’s almost back to school time and Center For Family Services is kicking off their annual backpack drive.
Every year Center For Family Services (CFS), a human service non-profit based in Camden, hosts Operation Backpack to provide children in their more than 50 programs with the tools to start the school year. This year they have set a goal of collecting 5000 new backpacks filled with school supplies, with the hopes of becoming a resource for the whole community, not just the clients they serve.   
Operation Backpack is a community wide initiative that provides support to disadvantaged children and teens in southern New Jersey. CFS provides new backpacks filled with school supplies for youth ages 4-19 at the start of each school year. This year, they have the challenge of supplying an additional 800 backpacks to 3, 4, and 5 year olds in their Head Start program. The goal of the drive is preparing children with the tools for educational success.
Many children in southern New Jersey are faced with starting a new school year already behind because disadvantaged families are unable to fill the yearly school supply list sent out by teachers.  “Operation Backpack is so important for the community because it levels the playing field for children who are facing an uphill battle from the start,” explains Richard Stagliano, President/ CEO of Center For Family Services.
Backpacks can be dropped off from now through August 17th at participating locations including the Boscov’s stores, local Old Navy’s, The Cherry Hill Mall, The Promenade at Sagemore, Courier Post and over 30 Susquehanna bank locations.
For more information, including drop off locations or how to start a workplace campaign, please visit www.centerffs.org or call 856.964.1990 ext. 130 or email operationbackpack@centerffs.org.