Cornerstones is once again gearing up to collect thousands of backpacks to give out to students at local schools.
The annual drive is a partnership between Cornerstones and Kids R First. Nate King, community resource associate for Cornerstones, said the program collected about 3,500 backpacks last year and is aiming for the same number this year.
“We generally get a really good turnout,” King said. “It’s a combination of individuals, religious groups and businesses that help us out.”
Anyone wishing to participate in the drive is asked to register online to let Cornerstones know how many backpacks they or their group will be donating. Backpacks are being collected for elementary, middle school and high school students, with the high schoolers being the age of the greatest need.
Backpacks can be delivered to Cornerstones (11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210) the week of Aug. 7-11. Volunteers will sort them out by schools, colors and sizes in the week that follows, and they will be distributed to the schools the week after that.
In addition to backpacks, Cornerstones is also requesting donations of new underwear for elementary school-age children, and Payless ShoeSource gift card donations of $25.
Donations go to all schools in the greater Reston-Herndon area, King said.
For more information about the drive, call King at 571-323-9569 or email [email protected].