LOVELAND, OH. — On August 16, 2019, The Loveland Initiative, held its 23rd Annual Backpack Program for the 2019/2020 school year. We are so happy to announce that, together with our donors and volunteers, The Loveland Initiative sorted, packed and distributed 300 backpacks to help students right here in Loveland, Ohio, get off to a great start for the new school year!!  What joy it is for students to personally pick out their own backpacks. You can tell by looking at their smiling faces. They are so proud of what they have chosen. The backpacks they choose from are endless, all donated and collected each year for students returning to school.

This service is important because (1) we make a positive impact on the lives of children and families in our community, (2) we expanded services to other low-income children within the community.  (3) we relieve the financial burden of back-to school-time for families and (4) we help to reduce peer pressure and self-esteem so that students are focusing on learning. It is about generating excitement and joy at the prospect of students returning to school.

Each year, I am amazed at the amount of support that we receive from the Loveland community. A HUGE thank you to EVERYONE who collected supplies and/or backpacks for us. A HUGE thank you to New Hope Baptist Church for hosting us for the fifth year in a row, and for the use of their facility. A SPECIAL thank you to JackRabbit and VIBE Nutrition for serving as a collection spot.  A HUGE thank you to ALL our volunteers, YOU were invaluable! A HUGE thank you to Loveland Magazine for their publicity support. Without the support from our awesome community we could not do what we do.

Thank you for making our 23rd annual backpack program an enormous success!!

###

The Loveland Initiative is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. For more information on The Loveland Initiative, please contact Terri Rogers at trogers7@fuse.net or www.lovelandinitiative.org and our Facebook page.