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ABCO FCU Donates to Operation Backpack For a Second Year

This summer, ABCO Federal Credit Union and its members once again pulled together to help South Jersey's children start the school year off right by contributing to the Center for Family Service's Operation Backpack. ABCO donated 100 backpacks while ABCO members and employees contributed additional backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, folders, pencils, binders and more.

Operation Backpack is a community wide initiative that provides support to disadvantaged children and teens in southern New Jersey. The Center for Family Services provides new backpacks filled with school supplies for youth ages 4-19 at the start of each school year. The goal of the drive is preparing children with the tools for educational success.

"For some families who may already be struggling to keep up with the bills, the additional expense of school supplies is simply one they can't afford," said Julia Bernd, Marketing Coordinator at ABCO. "Operation Backpack and similar school supply drives help fill the void."

A team of volunteers from ABCO helped pack the backpacks with items needed according to the recipient's age and gender at Operation Backpack's donation center this week. Last year, the Center for Family Services was able to distribute close to 5,000 filled backpacks and they hoped to do about the same this year.

To learn more about Operation Backpack, visit http://www.centerffs.org/

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