JACKSON CA – Going back to school can be an exciting but also stressful time for families who can’t afford new school supplies. Thanks to generous donations from Sutter Amador Hospital employees, more than 50 local children received new backpacks filled with supplies for the start of a new school year as part of Operation Backpack.
Operation Backpack is a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America in partnership with Sutter Health that delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in the region.
Employees at Sutter Amador Hospital joined together with Sutter Health employees from Yuba to Merced counties to donate more than 1,870 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need.
“There's nothing more exciting for a child than a new backpack and supplies to start the school year, but the cost of preparing a whole family for school can be overwhelming,” said Tommy Trejo, external affairs at Sutter Health. “Sutter Health wanted to help these families by supplying 1,870 backpacks to help these students have confidence and be successful in school.”
Recognizing that thousands of children return to school without much needed supplies, the Volunteers of America partnered with agencies and school districts to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need for the start of school.
“Sutter Health locations did an incredible job again this year with almost 2,000 backpacks collected,” said Ana Bankert, development officer at Volunteers of America.“We cannot be more grateful for Sutter Health’s support.”
“Each year, at-risk children in our local communities return to school without basic supplies,” said Anne Platt, CEO at Sutter Amador Hospital. “At Sutter Amador Hospital, we want to do everything that we can so these students can enter the classroom with everything they need for the new school year.”
Backpacks filled with pens, paper, scissors and other essential supplies poured into collection bins at Sutter Amador Hospital for two weeks in July. This is the eighth year that Sutter Health employees in Northern California have participated in Operation Backpack, and in 2017, the organization donated more than 1,400 backpacks and helped 10,000 students as part of the campaign.
“As a not-for-profit integrated health system, we are continuously looking for different ways we can give back to our communities,” said Platt. “We hope these backpacks and school supplies will help boost students’ self-esteem, help them learn and thrive in school and build a bright future.”
For more information about Operation Backpack or to make a donation, visit www.voa-ncnn.org/operation-backpack.