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Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive
Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive

Agape Community Center puts out the call to collect over 1,000 backpacks for students in need in Atlanta.

Agape Community Center has launched a campaign to collect and distribute 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all ages in economically challenged neighborhoods. Agape is calling on the community, through neighborhoods, corporations, book clubs, churches, sports teams and social groups, to donate 1,000 backpacks for the kids by July 25.

First Montessori School of Atlanta, located at 5750 Long Island Drive, will serve as one of the drop-off locations.

"We're proud to partner with the Agape Community Center on this important community endeavor," said First Montessori School of Atlanta Head of School Jerri King. “New pristine supplies help to capture children’s excitement for the new school year. Excitement is a great building block for having a strong year in school."

“On backpack distribution day the families begin lining up at 7:30 a.m. for a noon distribution,” said Agape Executive Director Nell Benn. “The length of the line and amount of time parents are willing to wait to receive a backpack for their kids is an unfortunate, but powerful testimonial to what many Atlanta families are experiencing financially.”

To access The Great Backpack Giveaway school supply shopping list, go to www.agapecc.org/uploads/New_2012_Agape_Great_Backpack_Giveaway.jpg. Monetary contributions to purchase packs and school supplies also are accepted online at www.agapecc.org.

Collection ends Wednesday, July 25. In addition to First Montessori School of Atlanta, contribution drop-off locations include:

Agape Community Center, 2353 Bolton Road, Atlanta 30318

MODA Floors & Interiors, 1417 Chattahoochee Ave., Atlanta 30318

Craftsmen Printing, 1290 Collier Road N.W., Atlanta 30318

Kashi Atlanta, 1681 McLendon Ave., Atlanta 30307

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne's Lane N.W., Atlanta 30305

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Perry Homes Branch

2011 Bolton Road N.W., Suite 100, Atlanta 30318

Agape serves a community that includes more than 1,500 children who receive a free or reduced-price lunch in school in Northwest Atlanta.

Agape’s mission is to empower and support each family to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape accomplishes this by providing academic-based afterschool programming, day programming for seniors and disabled adults, family emergency assistance, ESOL in schools and athletic-based health and wellness enrichment camps for girls and boys during the summer.

Agape is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information, go to www.agapecc.org or call 404.367.3943.