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Posing with some of the school supplies collected for “Project Backpack” are members of the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons and Key Club members from Cherry Hill High School East and Eastern Regional High School.  Photo provided by Terry Shannon.

HADDONFIELD NJ ( Continuing an annual tradition, eager hands of Kiwanis Club members made short order of packing up 20 backpacks and five boxes of school supplies for the Center for Family Services' “Project Backpack.”

Adjourning their August 16 club meeting early, the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons sorted colorful backpacks, crayons, pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers, glue, composition books, notebooks, binders, folders, pencil cases and more.  This is the fourteenth year the Kiwanis Club has provided backpacks to the Center for Family Services in Camden.

“Club members have been heavily shopping the sales for the past month.  Some even started shopping last September at local garage sales,” stated club secretary Milton Smith of Burlington City, an Architect with Kitchen & Associates Architectural Services in Collingswood.  “Pamela DePompo of Cherry Hill found a fully stuffed backpack of school supplies at a garage sale this spring.”

“The need this year is so great.  We trust the Center for Family Services to find the 1500 local children of all ages who are in need of this school year ‘boost’,” noted club president-elect Harvey Lermack of Cherry Hill. 

One Kiwanis Club member will be taking her grandson, a rising high school sophomore, to the Center for Family Services’ project backpack warehouse to stuff age-appropriate backpacks. 

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  The Kiwanis Club of the Haddons meets Fridays, 12:15 PM, at Tavistock Country Club, 100 Tavistock Lane, Tavistock, NJ.  All citizens concerned with the healthful development of our youth are welcome to join.  Visit us at  #KidsNeedKiwanis