Volunteers filled up thousands of backpacks with school supplies for homeless children in Pittsburgh.
On Friday, August 25, 2016, Next Pittsburgh teamed up with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund to load more than 2,000 backpacks onto school busses that went to children at 27 homeless shelters throughout the area.
According to Homeless Children’s Education Fund website, Allegheny County schools identified at least 3,000 homeless children.
Next Pittsburgh says that the backpacks were loaded with notebooks, folders, flash drives and other necessities.
The drive was sponsored by UPMC Health Plan and the roofing and flooring company from Canonsburg, CentiMark.
HCEF executive director Bill Wolfe said, “We are a private nonprofit and we get no stream of federal money, so everything we do for these children is supported by the community, by businesses and by individuals,” says Wolfe. “I’m always impressed by how generous this community is and how giving the people are in corporations.”
— NEXTpittsburgh (@NEXTpittsburgh) August 20, 2016