Michael Giltz: Operation Backpack 2013: Getting Homeless Kids to School With a Smile on Their Faces
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Every year, Volunteers of America organizes Operation Backpack, a citywide effort to buy as many new backpacks as possible, fill them with school supplies geared towards the needs of each grade and put them in the hands of New York City's homeless kids. Every year, they set a higher goal of how many backpacks they want to fill. Every year, they hit that total (just like Jerry Lewis used to raise more money every year with his Labor Day Telethon). And every year, there are that many more kids in the shelter system who need them.
"Each year we try to meet the need," says Paige Davis, the actress and TV personality best known for Trading Spaces. "And every year the need grows, especially in the last few years."
This year, Operation Backpack -- which is already in full swing -- plans to buy and fill more than 15,000 backpacks. So how does this work? From now until August 9th, New Yorkers are encouraged to look at the checklist of what kids need for school, buy some supplies
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