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Social-safety-net agency seeks backpack donations

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Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking donations of funds and new backpacks to assist 2,500 students in need who attend schools in the Fairfax County area.

Financial donations to Britepaths’ Collect for Kids Back to School Program this summer will allow the organization to purchase pre-assembled school-supply kits for 2,500 students at Fairfax High School and Justice High School pyramids. The organization also is collecting 700 new backpacks, which can be dropped off at local partner businesses or ordered through Amazon.

“Working families in our community who were already dealing with the effects of the prolonged pandemic have been further stretched by the higher costs of food, gas, rent and other necessities,” said Lisa Whetzel, executive director of Britepaths. “When you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, the thought of having to find funds for school supplies on top of everything else is extremely stressful. We are grateful to all who are donating this summer to help ease that stress for families and allow children who might otherwise go without be able to start off the new school year unashamed and with all the supplies they need.”

Community members are asked to donate funds via Britepaths’ secure online donation page at: https://britepaths.org/our-services/back-school, or mail a check to 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, Va. 22030, with “Back to School” in the memo line.

Community members may also drop off new backpacks (large sizes are most needed) at a selection of local businesses or order via an Amazon Wish List that is linked on Britepaths’ Back to School page.

In addition to collecting backpacks throughout July, Twins Ace Hardware in Fairfax City is hosting a “round-up at the register” donation campaign July 11-31. Customers may choose to donate the change they would have received from their purchase to Britepaths’ Back to School Program.

Britepaths is in its 38th year of providing assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. For information, see the Website at britepaths.org.

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