EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- With kids back to school in about a month, NewsSource 16 is hoping the public can take part in our annual campaign, "Backpacks for Back to School."
KMTR has teamed up with Oregon Community Credit Union to collect new backpacks and school supplies for children in need in Lane County. In 2011, the Brattain House handed out 1,800 backpacks to kids whose families couldn't afford them.
The drive has helped numerous families including Bonnie Hylton's children. She said she couldn't afford their supplies otherwise.
"If it wasn't for the support of places like the Brattain House, then I don't know that I would be able to go back to school," Hylton said. "It's just, you can sleep at night, knowing that your kids are getting their needs met."
To donate backpacks or supplies, you can drop them off at the Brattain House between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. You can also buy a paper backpack at OCCU for one dollar and let KMTR do the shopping for you.