Thanks to more donors than ever before, over 1700 children in Bucks County will start school with a brand new backpack filled with school supplies. These children can be found in every school district in Bucks County, served through their districts, BCIU, Bucks County Head Start and 14 nonprofits around the county.
Donations flowed into our Lower Bucks office continuously throughout the day on Tuesday 8/18 and Wednesday 8/19. Some people dropped off just a notebook and a pack of pens; others needed a UHaul to get all the supplies from their workplace mini-drives to our office!
On Thursday morning, volunteers gathered at Cummins Power Systems in Bristol, and the Upper Bucks Chamber in Quakertown to fill hundreds of bags with the donated supplies. The Upper Bucks packing event was manned by Professional Women’s Business Network of Quakertown as well as volunteers from First Savings Bank of Perkasie. In the lower part of the county, employees from Cummins, Bank of America, and Johnson & Johnson joined members of the community to pack bags.
After a long day of hard work, the 1,698 bags were full and ready to be picked up by school districts and agencies. In the few days following, some extra donations came in. This knocked our total backpack count over the 1,700 mark!
A big thank you goes out to thank our sponsors: Sesame Place, PECO, Bank of America, and Cummins Power Systems in Bristol, as well as our partners at the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Quakertown Alive!, Doylestown Business & Community Alliance, and First Savings of Perkasie.
More pictures of the event can be seen in our Facebook album.