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KETV Backpack Drive Boosts Donations for Area Children There’s Still Time to Give

by Katina Granger on August 4, 2017

A cool breeze, sunny skies and a spirit of giving shone over Methodist Women’s Hospital as KETV, the Salvation Army and Methodist teamed up for the annual Back-to-School Backpack Donation Drive. The day is one everyone involved with the project looks forward to every year.

During the drive at Methodist Women’s Hospital, families drop off the school supplies they’ve collected for area kids in need. Many moms showed up with their children who helped pick out the supplies for their fellow classmates.

“I like picking out the backpacks best,” said Avery, a little girl going into the first grade at West Dodge Station Elementary in Omaha.

“I like to pick out the pencil box,” said Jackson, a student at Westridge Elementary in Elkhorn who is also looking forward to the first day of school. “I can’t wait to start studying.”

“It’s so important because it teaches him to give back,” Meagan Weyant, Jackson’s proud mom. “It’s kind of a big deal for us to donate here because he was born here and we have two more on the way who are about to be born here and it’s a great thing to teach our little ones.”

Methodist has been the presenting sponsor of the KETV 7 Can Help Kids/Salvation Army Back-to-School Backpack Program for many years. Collection barrels are located at metro area Methodist Physicians Clinic locations, as well as Methodist HospitalMethodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. It’s a campaign employees and patients get behind.

“As soon as we see the barrel out in our hospital lobby, we see it start filling up and our staff contributes in a big way. They have to empty it almost every day,” said Sharon McArdle, Director of Nursing and Service Leader for Labor and Delivery at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “We are a hospital where many of these families started off, and it’s exciting for us to know we’re helping our community at a time that is so exciting for our children.”

Backpacks will continue to be collected until August 7th, so there’s still time to give!

“This program helps our area children get the right tools to begin school, putting them on an equal playing field with others” said Susan Eustice, Director of PR and Communications for The Salvation Army Western Division. “We want to get all kids off to a successful school year!”

Learn more about the Back-to-School Backpack Program:


Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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