Charities gear up to provide school supplies, clothes

Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.

United Way of Central Indiana’s BackPack Attack will try to collect 500,000 school supplies for 20,000 students.
The drive benefits students at Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as schools in Marion County and Boone, Hancock and Hendricks
counties.

Dozens of workplaces around the city are holding drives. United Way will collect the supplies at an IUPUI
warehouse Aug. 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, Assistance League of Indianapolis is running Operation School Bell, which
helps clothe more than 2,800 students of metro-area schools. For this year’s effort, the Assistance League received
a $15,642 grant from the Indianapolis-based Margaret Cole Richards Foundation.

The Assistance League provides
other supplies, including books. This year, it benefited from the pop group New Kids on the Block’s planned tour stop
in Indianapolis. NKOTB member Joey McIntyre’s Let’s Get This Foundation donated 1,550 children’s books.

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