Backpacks for Kids ... and hope

Backpacks for kids
Wicked Local Dover

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of backpacks will be making their way to less fortunate children around Boston and Metrowest.

Since 2001, the student and parent volunteers at the Backpacks for Kids Foundation have purchased, assembled and delivered brand-new school supplies, from backpacks to pens, pencils and folders.

On Monday, Aug. 14, student co-directors Aryana Moghaddam and Noel Gridley, both juniors at Dover-Sherborn, put together backpacks destined for children at the Wellesley Housing Authority.

“I really like it,” said Moghaddam, in her second year at the foundation.

“It’s a great opportunity to help others,” said Gridley.

They are part of a six-eight member crew who take packs and walk around several stations loading the packs with a variety of school supplies. Each pack comes with a tag with the name of the student, their grade and what’s needed in the way of supplies. Once filled, the backpack is placed into a pile, ready to be delivered.

Where possible, the foundation will fulfill special requests -- if someone wanted a red backpack, for example.

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