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Nonprofits to donate thousands of backpacks with school supplies in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A couple of nonprofits are partnering to provides thousands of students in El Paso County with backpacks and school supplies.

Pikes Peak United Way and COSILoveYou held a "Backpack Bash" drive between July 6 and 24 to collect backpacks and school supplies in bins throughout the county.

EPC families will be able to visit one of the five drive-up distribution sites below to receive a backpack.

Aug. 1 -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • ​Mission Trace Shopping Center, 3031 S. Academy Blvd. 
  • Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way 
  • Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St.

Aug. 8 -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road 
  • Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy in Monument

Backpacks will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents must bring their children to receive a backpack. Volunteers will be handing out the backpacks via a drive-through and all attendees are asked to wear masks.

The nonprofits also thanked the following organizations for helping the Backpack Bash: Walmart, Coca-Cola, Thrivent, NUNN Construction, Crossfire Ministries, Mercy’s Gate, The Salvation Army, Tri-Lakes Cares, Solid Rock CDC, Fresh Start Center, Pikes Peak YMCA, Harrison School District 2, Colorado Springs School District 11, Mountain Springs Church, Discovery Church, Springs Journey Church and Manna Church.

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Zachary Aedo

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  1. What??? You mean BLM didn’t contribute to help under-privileged children in schools?

  2. Why the need for backpacks? The kids aren’t going anywhere, but the teachers still collect their checks. Building maintenance should be minimal. There will be more chance of contracting the virus at crowded giveaways like this PR scam than at a school, but, hey, I’m sure those medical geniuses on school boards know what’s best. Isolating kids for months is always a good idea.

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