Dozens of kids in need are getting a head start on going back to school, thanks to community donations.
For four years now, Operation Re-Backpack has been making sure kids in the Girard School District have a good backpack for school. The program was started three years ago by a Girard High School student, and has been passed down to 16 year old Delaney McFarland.
She says the program is funded by donations from the community, and is open to any Girard student in need. This year they're planning on having more than 100 backpacks ready during enrollment for the kids.
"I feel like with these backpacks you can just, it up lifts people and makes them feel like they're a little bit more special,” says Delaney McFarland.
McFarland says they'll be collecting donations of lightly used and new backpacks, along with cash through July 30th. To learn more about the program or to make a donation, you can call (620) 875-1969. Or you can visit the Operation Re-Backpack Facebook page.