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Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Fill A Backpack

As we close out another year of backpack distributions we once again have to say “Thank You”. Because of the continued support of our local community people, businesses and organizations we were able to help approximately 1,041 children in over 35 different towns in 6 different counties.

Each year our numbers grow and we help more and more children go to school with the supplies they need. When we started out this year we planned on distributing at least 1,000 backpacks. Based on our reports we were able to do what we set out to.

We would like to send out a big Thank You to the employees of A.P. Wagner of Coudersport. Once again they have supported the program continuously throughout the year. To date we have received about 400 packs of index cards from employee donations. Thank you again for your continued support of the is much appreciated by the organization and the children that it helps.

Although the collecting, filling and distributing has pretty much come to an end that doesn't mean that we will no longer accept donations. We will continue to accept both supply and monetary donations throughout the year as well as hand out backpacks to those that request them. We may have a new family that moves in to the area, a family that loses their home to a fire, a foster child that moves in to the area or some other circumstance. If there is a need for a backpack please let us know and we will take care of it. The program runs year round...we just do the majority of our work between the months of June through September.

At this time our main objective is to raise money to be able to purchase backpacks for the 2013 distribution year. Due to the cost of purchasing a backpack we have minimal backpacks donated. We work closely with a backpack wholesaler that offers us free shipping due to the size of our orders. We continue to look for the best pricing available to help make our funds go farther each year. If anyone has information on a supplier that offers these items we would be interested in hearing about them. We review pricing for almost a full month before any orders are placed.

Our current plans of fundraisers will be selling hotdogs, etc. the first day of fishing season (April 13th) at Gustin’s Auto & Truck Service, a yard sale during the town wide yard sales in Roulette, a possible spring raffle (prizes will be picnic/summer time oriented), an all you can eat spaghetti dinner, selling hotdogs, etc. at the town wide yard sales in Coudersport and Elkland Jubilee and of course our annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle. Our organization does not just sit back and wait for donations to come in…we get out in the communities and work for them…it helps get the word out about the program.

Please remember that we are a 501©3 organization which means that any donation made to the To Fill A Backpack program is deductible on your following years taxes. We will gladly issue a receipt for any donation made if you would like one. Just ask for one when you mail your donation and one will be returned to you.

It has been another excellent year for the program and it seems to be growing just as we had planned. The continued support of the local communities and businesses is what makes the program work. Again to everyone who donated, worked with the program or helped in any way...THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Your help in whatever manner is greatly appreciated and look forward to working with you again this coming year. We hope to be expanding farther this year but that will depend on if we can get the help in those areas.

If anyone would like to make a monetary donation they can send a check or money order to To Fill A Backpack - Attn: Donations - 81 Burleson Avenue - Roulette, PA 16746. You can also make a donation with a credit card by going to and click on the "Make A Donation By Credit Card" at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to a secure server where you can process your donation by credit card.

Again, to all of those who helped in one way or another..."THANK YOU VERY MUCH" from the organization and the children who benefit from your generosity.

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