Backpack drive to help kids succeed at school

Give local students the tools they need to succeed through the Back to School Backpack and School Supply Drive.

The drive will support approximately 300 students in the Washington Elementary and Paradise Valley school districts.

You can help by donating needed supplies. The most common needs include backpacks, metric rulers, washable markers, subject dividers (five-pack), individual hand-held pencil sharpeners, college-ruled notebook paper, blunt-tip scissors, 24-pack Crayons and No. 2 pencils.

Please drop donated items off at Desert Mission Food Bank, 9229 N. Fourth St., Phoenix, by Friday, July 20, 2018.

Food Bank hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.

If you’d like to make a financial donation toward the drive, you can do so online.

Contact Aurora Ortiz via email or 602-870-6060 extension 1345 for more information.