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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 –

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

Thank you to our sponsor:

2017 Community Partner

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library

Backpack Drop Locations

Once you have your supplies ready, you can drop them off at any of these locations. And a special thank you to all of our partners bringing confidence to kids all over Central Ohio! 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.

Papa John's

Papa Johns

Participating Locations:

1314 Bethel Rd
Columbus, Oh 43220

1201 Hill Rd North
Pickerington, Oh 43147

7172 Muirfield Drive
Dublin Oh 43017

8730 Moreland St. Ste. A
Powell, Oh 43065

South Westerville
503 South State Street
Westerville, Oh 43081

566 Hebron Rd
Heath Oh, 43056

8304 Sancus Boulevard
Westerville, Oh 43081

North Westerville
760 N. State Street
Westerville, Oh 43082

3644 Main Street
Hilliard, Oh 43026

7430 Sawmill Rd
Columbus, Oh 43235