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Denver7 Pack A Backpack collects over $38K, distributes nearly 3,000 backpacks with school supplies

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 20:03:17-04

Thanks to the generous support of our viewers, partners and sponsors, this year’s Denver7 Pack A Backpack campaign doubled the number of backpacks filled with school supplies to be distributed to students in need.

Denver7 was proud to partner with The Salvation Army, Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Les Schwab Tire Centers to collect school supplies and financial donations in July to help ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in school – in whatever way they are returning to school this fall.

This year’s Denver7 Pack A Backpack program raised $38,126 in financial donations and collected 8,325 new school supplies. Volunteers from Denver7, Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Les Schwab Tire Centers filled 2,930 backpacks with school supplies and helped distribute them to students in need.

With more than 41 percent of Colorado students qualifying for free and reduced lunch before COVID-19, the need for school supplies has always existed. But the demand this year has been even higher as the number of families experiencing financial challenges has increased. As a result of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has served three times the number of people they usually would to meet the needs of families now experiencing unemployment.

Denver7 is here to help, and is grateful for our community’s support of the Pack A Backpack program.