Back-to-school backpack program puts smiles on children’s faces

Children’s faces lit up when they received brand new backpacks and school supplies Thursday, as part of The Salvation  Army‘s back-to-school backpack program sponsored by PNC Bank.

Daniel Taylor, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager at PNC Bank explained how the partnership got started and how the program impacts him and his employees.

At The Salvation Army Homewood Worship & Service Center, PNC Bank employees equipped over 30 children in need with a backpack filled with a notebook, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, and more.

800 total children in need (kindergarten through 8th grade) across western PA, will receive the school supplies through a grant provided by PNC Bank, according to The Salvation Army.

About 100 of those include children in Allegheny County, and the remaining 680-some backpacks will be “distributed throughout the 28- county Western Pennsylvania Division at various Salvation Army Worship and Service Center locations,” according to a press release.

PNC Bank is partnering with The Salvation Army again in October for project Bundle Up., a program that equips children in need with proper cold-weather clothing.