Backpacks for Needy School Children


In recognition of how important it is for all children to start  the school year with the tools they need to achieve success, The Sharing Shelf program run by Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is launching a new initiative called “Backpacks to School.”

The goal of the drive is to create at least 200 new backpacks filled with supplies, 100 for elementary school children and another 100 for middle school students. The Sharing Shelf has consulted with teachers to create a content list for the backpacks, which will include crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks and composition books for younger children and a ruler, compass, protractor, notebooks, loose leaf paper and binders for middle school students.

​“We are happy to be working with teachers, retailers and wholesalers to find cost-effective ways to provide new backpacks for needy children throughout the county,” notes Deborah Blatt, founder and volunteer coordinator of The Sharing Shelf, which has served more than 1,700 children since its inception in October 2009. Run entirely by volunteers, The Sharing Shelf provides 60 to 70 children per month with a week’s worth of clothing and other supplies, such as shoes, strollers, car seats and bassinets.

​ Blatt estimates that each backpack will cost approximately $25 to create. She is asking members of the Westchester community to make a donation to the drive, either online through the FSW website, by calling in a credit card donation to (914) 937-2320, ext. 116, or by sending a check to Family Services of Westchester, One Gateway Drive, Port Chester, NY 10573.

More information: or (914) 937-2320, ext. 148.
–Submitted by Sharing Shelf

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