More than 800 backpacks filled with supplies at St. Joseph’s Health

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — School might be out soon, but the Auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Health is already looking to help students prepare for next year by holding their annual Operation Backpack For Our Kids program.

More than 800 backpacks were filled Tuesday, packed with donated notebooks, pencils and other school supplies. 

Hundreds of elementary students will receive these new backpacks for the coming school year during their back-to-school pediatric visits at St. Joseph’s over the summer.

“We saw a need out there and we decided we were going to take action, and it’s something we do to give back to the community to get the kids ready to go to school in the fall without their parents having to worry about it or to think about the cost it’s going to take to get the kids ready to go back to school to learn,” said colleen Curley Prossner, Chairperson of Operation Backpack.

This is the 15th year of the Auxiliary’s backpack program and more than 10,000 backpacks have been filled through the initiative.
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