Operation Backpack is run by the Volunteers of America and is the largest backpack/school supply in the region, annually helping over 2,000 homeless and underprivileged children as well as hundreds of families of active-duty military living right here in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC area. Last year over 5,000 school supplies were collected, which in turn helped over 500 families!
As a sponsor partner for this amazing community event running through July and August, Chenega MIOS hopes to gather even more donations and help even more families!
We are encouraging the donations of supplies online through the 7News Operation Backpack Amazon Wish List. 7News will deliver your items to Volunteers of America for distribution. You can use the buttons on this page to buy school supplies and/or donate money so items can be purchased for kids in need in the DMV who will be returning to school in the Fall. Amazon Wish List and monetary donations will be accepted until August 15th.
You can also deliver your donated school supplies in-person at one of the 7News “Stuff The Truck” school supply drives on the following dates:
Friday July 15th, 8 am – 4 pm
- IKEA Woodbridge, 2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Friday, August 5th, 8 am – 4 pm
- IKEA College Park, 10100 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas inspires self-sufficiency, dignity and hope by providing critical health and human services to thousands of vulnerable individuals and families across Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Carolinas. Learn more about their work in the community by visiting their website – https://www.voachesapeake.org/.