Penquis is collecting backpacks for kids in need and their goal is 1,500 backpacks this year.

The annual “We’ve Got Your Backpack” campaign assists parents with school supplies costs by providing what is lots of times the most expensive item.

Today is the final day for backpack donation drop-offs at any Penquis office.

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Kara Hay, Penquis CEO says

“Distribution of backpacks for back to school will begin the week of August 23rd. If you would like to donate you can do so at our website or at any Penquis office”

Penquis shares many stories about this program on their Facebook page.  And when reading that page, it is hard not to be inspired when you read about a 10-year-old, who has contributed for the 4th year in a row. This year she collected 132 backpacks. She uses her birthday gift money to buy backpacks for those in need and her family and friends contribute to her amazing sense of community.

Hats off also to the businesses and their employees dropping off carloads of backpacks.

Children have to deal with so much every day, any time they can fit in better with their schoolmates is a good thing, and a backpack might equal the playing field with their peers. Not to mention the sense of self-worth, and self-esteem when they too have the latest, greatest new backpack.

If it helps in even the most minor way in a child getting a better education and growing up easier and stronger, then we are in for a better society in the future.

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