Cornerstones Needs 3,200 Backpacks for Needy Kids

Spiderman backpack/Courtesy of TargetAs Cornerstones and Kids R First team up for their annual back to school drive, the nonprofits have found more need in the community than ever before.

Cornerstones is seeking donations of 3,200 backpacks to give to Reston and Herndon children in need. That’s 1,000 more backpacks than last year, Cornerstones says.

The backpacks, which Kids R First fills with school supplies, are given to Cornerstones’ clients as well as students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty.

Here is how to donate:

Visit Cornerstones to pledge the number of backpacks you plan to donate.

Purchase new backpacks (no wheels or corporate logos, please). There is a need backpacks for students at all levels.

Deliver the backpacks to Cornerstones Administrative Office, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston. Drop off backpacks weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 12.

Backpacks can be purchased through Cornerstones’ Amazon Wish List, and the backpacks will be mailed to Cornerstones.

In addition to backpacks, Cornerstones’ case managers are requesting donations of new underwear for elementary school age children. Payless gift card donations ($25) are also welcome so that Cornerstones’ young clients can get a new pair of shoes.

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