This year families are expected to spend close to $100 on school supplies per child, not including all the new clothes and technology. Unfortunately there are many families in Cedar Rapids that struggle to provide the simple necessities for heading back to school. In 1997 the Henry Davis Youth Center started a campaign called Back Pack for Kids Campaign. This year they have decided to make the event a collaboration between the Salvation Army, NW Neighbors Neighborhood Association, Tanager Place, Freedom Festival, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and HACAP to help eliminate the problem and hope to distribute 2,000 back packs filled with school supplies to families in need.
How you can help: Monetary donations can be sent to Dupaco Community Credit Union at either 110 35th St Dr SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 or 3131 Williams Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. Please make checks out to “CR Packs for Kids”.
School supplies can be dropped off at:
Northwest Neighbors Neighborhood Association (NWNNA)
1412 Ellis Blvd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Hours are from: 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday - Friday
1000 C Ave NW Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours are from: 8:30am to 11:30am & 1:00pm to 4:30pm Monday - Friday
Olivet Neighborhood Mission
237 10th Street NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Hours are from: 8:30am to 11:30am Tuesday – Friday & Saturday 9:00am – 11:00am
St. Vincent DePaul
928 7th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Saturday
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
6621 C Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours are from: 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday through August 9th,2013
Please use the buzzer to enter the church.
2605 Blairs Ferry Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours are from: 7:00am to 8:30pm Monday - Saturday
226 2nd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Hours are from: 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday
NewBo City Market
1100 3rd Street SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Hours are from: 11:00am to 8:00pm Thursday & 8:00am to 8:00pm Saturday & 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Dupaco Community Credit Union
110 35th St Dr SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
3131 Williams Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Hours are from: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday –Thursday & 8:30 – 6:00 Friday
Items needed: Crayons, block erasers, supply boxes, watercolors, scissors, glue sticks, dry erase markers, boxes of thick & thin markers, pocket folders, wide lined & college rule spiraled notebooks, composition notebooks, boxes of colored pencils, rulers, red pens, highlighters, index cards, and blue or black pens. Backpacks would also be appreciated.
How to receive supplies:Distribution of the bags will be Saturday, August 17th from 8am-11am at The Salvation Army (1000 C. Ave NW) to anyone who could use assistance with purchasing school supplies for their children. Registration cards can be picked up prior to this day at the NW Neighbors Neighborhood Association, The Salvation Army, Olivet Neighbor Mission, St. Vincent DePaul, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sam’s Club, Freedom Festival, and HACAP (1515 Hawkeye Drive Hiawatha) . Unaccompanied children will not be eligible to receive back packs and supplies; a parent/guardian must register and pick up the supplies. Pre-registration is not required.
“CR Packs for Kids” is a collaboration between The Salvation Army, HD Youth Center, NW Neighbors Neighborhood Association, Tanager Place, Freedom Festival, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and HACAP. Thank you to Dupaco for helping sponsor the event. For more information or to sign up to help volunteer at the event, please visit tsacedarrapids.org.