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Salvation Army in need of backpacks now

Thu., Aug. 25, 2011, 10:08 a.m.

Charity nearly out of items for back-to-school giveaway

The Salvation Army of Spokane is in urgent need of backpacks for little children after the first day of a two-day back-to-school giveaway.

As the charity prepares to open its doors to needy families once again today at 1 p.m., the charity is completely out of kindergarten through sixth-grade backpacks.

“Sadly, we will be turning people away,” if we don’t get more donations immediately, said Salvation Army spokeswoman Sheila Geraghty.

In addition there were only 177 out of 2,500 backpacks for older kids remaining after Wednesday’s event. Geraghty said volunteers were frantically converting those to backpacks for younger kids.

The Salvation Army is asking the community to make cash donations at its offices, 222 E. Indiana Ave. so that it can purchase the items it needs. It is also accepting direct donations of backpacks, colored felt markers, pencil boxes and wide-ruled spiral notebooks and paper.

“We hope the community of Spokane can help us again give kids hope in school,” Geraghty said.

To help, contact Geraghty at (509)570-4654, Heather Byrd at (509)638-5462 or Capt. Kyle Smith at (509)939-2245.

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