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In Columbus, backpacks are collected and given to homeless children in our housing programs and children living in shelters in Columbus.

Become a sponsor of Operation Backpack.

For more details on becoming a Sponsor, please contact:
Nicole Knowlton –

Campaign Sponsors

How to Donate a Backpack

  1. Download the supply list.
  2. Go to the store to get a new backpack and school supplies.
  3. Fill the backpack!
  4. Locate your nearest drop location (below) to donate.
  5. Don't forget to post a photo and encourage others to get involved!

If you would like to also organize your own donation drive at your company, club, camp, school, or place of worship, let us know! Visit the Organize a Drive page to learn more.

Use #OperationBackpack and #VOAGOpacks for all of your social media posts!

Questions? Email

2017 Community Partner

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library

Backpack Drop Locations

To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to kids in time for school, all donations must be dropped-off by Sunday, August 6, 2017.


All of our Thrift Stores.

All branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.