Backpack & school supply drive for local kids who may go without

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-It’s about that time, when kids start looking forward to the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, many children won’t have the necessary supplies for a successful start. The community is needed to help young students start the school year off right. You can help by providing backpacks and school supplies for kids who will go without. The Marilyn J. Olson Guild at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s collects, sorts, fills, and delivers the backpacks. Who will receive these supplies? More than 500 children currently living in residential care, foster homes, shelter care, or whose families are simply in need of assistance will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies.

School supplies are an important part of kicking the year off. Many children living in shelter care or in foster homes due to their parents’ abuse or neglect, have little to look forward to, and very little to call their own, Families living in poverty are extremely thankful for the help of community, and to those who can provide new school supplies.

Want to help? It’s easy! Purchase school supplies from now until the third week of August. Call (616) 451.2021, and a representative will kindly pick it up. If you don’t have time to shop, the organization will do it for you! Send a tax-deductible donation, and the rest will be taken care of.

The Marilyn J. Olson Guild is a group of dedicated volunteers who collect, sort, and distribute donations of clothing, toys, and other gifts to children in D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s programs throughout the year. Since their first Start Packing drive in 2006, the number of donations and children receiving school supplies has tripled. To get involved click here!

What Items Are Needed?

• Spiral Notebooks • Loose Leaf Paper: 3 Hole Punched or Wide & College Ruled • 2 – Pocket Folders • 1 Inch 3 Ring Binders • Pencil Boxes/Pencil Bags • Pencils – Colored and Black • Pens – Red, Blue, Black • Round Edged Scissors • Highlighters • Rulers – 6” and 12” • Erasers • Glue Sticks • Crayons • Colored Markers • Graphing Calculators • Back Packs for children ages 3 to 18 years old

Contact D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s:

805 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
2355 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Agency Phone Number: 616.451.2021


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