Evansville Red Cross collecting backpacks for military kids

Evansville Red Cross collecting backpacks for military kids

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Evansville Red Cross needs your help to give back to military kids.

It's the annual "Back Packs for Military Kids" event.

The group is asking the community to buy new back packs and stuff them with school supplies.

Last year, around 400 back packs were donated.

Executive Director Amy Canterbury says this all goes back to how the Red Cross was founded, protecting those who protect us.

"We want people to know it's about the thank you to the military families and not necessarily based on need," said Canterbury.  "So military children, grandchildren, all that is required is a military ID and they can come in and pick up a back pack."

You can drop off the back packs from now until July 22.

Volunteers are needed on July 29 to help fill them.

You are encouraged to drop off back packs and selected items at the following locations: Chick-Fil A Cross Pointe, Shoe Carnival headquarters lobby, Firemaster Pool & Spa, Hacienda East & West, Old National Bank headquarters downtown, and the American Red Cross.

Selected items: NEW back packs for grades 5-12, 3x5 index cards, pens (blue& red), #2 pencils, highlighters, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, college ruled paper, and large pencil erasers.

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