The Kids Backpack Campaign

It takes a whole village to raise a child.” I love this quote. It is a very old Nigerian proverb that exists in different forms in many African languages. For me it is right up there with the Golden Rule.

Did you know that in Orange County there are some 2,000 families that will struggle, if at all able, to provide basic school supplies for their children? Can you imagine how embarrassing and frightening it must be for a child to be without pencils or crayons? Simple, basic, inexpensive things that many of us would not even think about giving our kids before heading them off to school.

Children are the innocents of the world. Little smiles. Open hearts. Open arms. Almost always helpless to life’s challenges.

Kids Backpack Campaign

Will you help us, help our children?

School starts August 29th. We are asking you to donate some of the things on the list below. Or, to make it easier, if you would donate a little money toward these things we will purchase them on your behalf and be sure to get them to the children.

Right now, Walmart has children’s backpacks on sale for $6.68. Faye’s and all of our local Dollar stores have just about everything in stock to fill those backpacks. It takes about $30 per child to completely outfit them with school supplies. We are asking for you to help with the purchase of those supplies or a donation that will go entirely to the children in our community and in our schools.

You may drop off your donation and/or supplies to The ODA office at 130 West Main Street or by mailing it to Post Office Box 283, Orange, Va 22960.

If you’d like more information please give me a call or email at 540.672.2540,

On behalf of the kids you’ll be helping, thank you.

The List

  • Backpacks
  • Boxes of 24 Crayons
  • Play Dough
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • Black Dry-Erase markers
  • Pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Large Glue Sticks
  • Pocket folders with fasteners in solid colors
  • Scissors
  • Multiplication flashcards
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Quart Ziploc bags
  • Tissues
  • Wide-ruled loose leaf notepaper
  • Colored pencils
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Band Aids
  • Baby Wipes
2018-02-28T12:57:26+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: News|1 Comment

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  1. […] Orange Downtown Alliance (ODA) has launched the Kids Backpack Campaign to help their neighbors. The campaign is collecting general school supplies – like crayons, […]

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