Newark’s Back to School Backpack Drive

During August, UU Princeton congregants donated school supplies and backpacks to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – Newark’s first Back to School Backpack Drive. In total, we donated 28 backpacks filled with schools supplies, three boxes of additional school supplies, and $310 for children’s other emergency needs – such as shoes.

A KIND staffer shared this:

Yesterday while making calls to the clients to offer backpacks, I called a 14 y/o girl who lives with her father. When I told her father we had backpacks in the office, he expressed relief and called it a blessing, because he had not been able to purchase a backpack yet. Father and daughter came into office yesterday afternoon, and this young girl was very excited to pick out a backpack, thrilled when she found a pink six piece backpack.