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'Backpacks To School' Drive Looks For White Plains Donations

Sharing Shelf of Family Services Of Westchester is holding its third annual "Backpacks to School" drive.
Sharing Shelf of Family Services Of Westchester is holding its third annual "Backpacks to School" drive. Photo Credit: Family Services of Westchester

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Sharing Shelf of Family Services Of Westchester is holding its third annual "Backpacks to School" drive to supply families in need with backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year.

The charity is looking to donate 450 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies necessary for children to use during the school year.

Sharing Shelf Program Director Deborah Blatt said in a statement that is costs about $25 to buy and fill a new backpack.

Examples of items needed are folders, binders, composition books, rulers, protractors, pencils, pens and erasers.

Monetary donations or donations of supplies can be mailed or dropped off at several locations including: All Family Services Of Westchester offices (click here to see locations) The Sharing Shelf Warehouse and other drop-off sites Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) Larchmont Avenue Church (60 Forest Park Avenue, Larchmont) Best Plumbing Supply (Scarsdale, Yorktown, Somers) Miller’s Toy Store (Mamaroneck) PM Pediatrics (Mamaroneck) Rye Smiles Family Dentistry (Rye) Vision of Tomorrow (Larchmont)

Family Services of Westchester estimated that 12 percent of Westchester County children live below the poverty line and thousands more live within limited means.

Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Port Chester, FSW runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs that reach 30,000 children, teens, adults and families a year.

For additional information about the “Backpack to Schools” drive, contact Diane Anderson, backpack coordinator at visiontopathways@yahoo.com or Deborah Blatt, program director, at 914-305-5950 or thesharingshelf@fsw.org.

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