Help kids in need start school year off with backpacks, supplies

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The Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) is gearing up for the 16th annual “Backpacks for Kids” project. The goal of this project is to provide Livingston County students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties with basic school supplies at no cost.

Multiple events to support the Annual “Fill Backpacks for Kids” Campaign provide opportunities for local community members to donate school supplies for this local event.

On Friday, Aug. 4, an LESA Bus will be at the Howell Wal-Mart. You can Stuff the Bus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families shopping for school supplies can pick up an extra set of pencils, pack of paper, or even a backpack as a contribution to the Annual “Fill Backpacks for Kids” Campaign.

There will also be a fundraiser event at fiVe BELoW, Green Oak Mall, from Aug. 4-6. With the fundraiser flyer, 10 percent of the dollars spent will be donated to the LESA Backpacks for Kids program. Shoppers must have the flyer, available at: Click on Parents & Community/Resources.

The Stuff the Blue Goose event, coordinated by the Michigan State Police, Brighton Post, as well as other collection events in August. For a listing of collection sites, please visit, click on Parents & Community/Resources and go to Backpacks for Kids.

Last year, approximately $20,000 in money and school supply donations distributed over 1,000 backpacks to students from preschool to high school. The goal this year is to distribute 1,500 backpacks full of basic school supplies for Livingston County students whose families may be experiencing financial difficulties. Residents, churches and local businesses contribute to this effort through donations, volunteer time, and serving as drop-off sites for supplies and backpacks to make it a success.

Donations for LESA’s 2017 Backpack for Kids Campaign can be dropped off at the Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 West Grand River Ave., Howell, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Date of distribution is Aug. 17, 2017. Connect for Kids will begin at 5 p.m. and the Backpack Distribution will be from 6-8 p.m. at the LESA Education Center.

For additional information call the Hot Line at (517) 540-6833 or visit the website at:, click on Parents & Community/Resources.

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