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July 31, 2012

United Way organizes annual school supplies drive


 Area businesses came together this week to help distribute school supplies collected through the United Way’s annual Backpack Attack to all Hendricks County schools.

In the last few months, the Backpack Attack collected 17,250 school supplies in boxes across the county. They collected 15,000 in 2011. All of the supplies were then taken to the Vincennes University Logistic Center in Plainfield where they were sorted and re-packaged to be distributed to the schools.

James Dolan, director of logistics at the local VU center, helped to coordinate the service learning project.

“This allowed our students to learn how to do a kit project,” Dolan said. “That is basically what happened today. We had a bunch of raw materials and we put them together to be shipped out.”

He said the project helped his students learn even more about the logistics business.

“We teach them about warehouse distribution,” he said. “That’s one of the skills we teach here.”

Dolan is no stranger to the Backpack Attack. This is his first year to be involved in the project in Hendricks County, but he had worked on it in Marion County for the eight previous years.

“I worked with Backpack while at my previous employer — UPS,” he said.

Christy McIntyre-Craig is the volunteer engagement coordinator and Youth as Resources coordinator for the United Way of Central Indiana. She helped coordinate the collections and worked with VU and the other volunteers.

“This was the first time the logistics center was involved with Backpack,” McIntyre-Craig said. “And it’s been wonderful. They are a great asset to our community.”

Representatives from Duke Energy, Hendricks Power Cooperative, and Vectren helped with the project by distributing the supplies to Hendricks County schools.

“The trucks from the power companies just came here and filled up their trucks,” McIntyre-Craig said.

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