Backpack attack helps local kids


By Savannah Correll

Now that school is out for summer break, many are left with extra school supplies that never saw any use and now simply take up space around the house. What better way to get rid of it than donating to kids in need? Until July 13, members of the community can help provide school supplies for Boone County children in need by making donations to the Boone County Backpack Attack.

More than 30 community partners in Boone County are helping to collect supplies, including the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville, Gander Mountain Distribution Center, The United Way of Central Indiana and Hachette Book Group. Several churches, other businesses and service organizations have agreed to help as well. Once the donation period is over, the school supplies collected will be distributed to Boone County students in need at the Boone County Backpack Attack Festival on Aug. 1 at the Lebanon Boys & Girls Club from 9-11 a.m.

Cash donations are also being accepted. Checks can be made out to United Way of Central Indiana with Boone Backpack Attack written for the memo line, and then mailed out to United Way of Central Indiana at 221 N. Lebanon St. Lebanon, Ind. 46052. Any and all cash donated to the Backpack Attack will be used to help Boone County students.

While many of the locations to donate school supplies in support of the Backpack Attack are in Lebanon, there are also multiple locations to donate in Zionsville, such as Marsh and the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville. Donations are also accepted at all libraries in Boone County.

An estimated 80 percent of families in Central Indiana cannot afford basic school supplies for their children.