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Annual Backpack Program

Did you know that approximately 47,000 children in Fairfax County Public Schools receive free or reduced-price meals?  For these families, the prospect of purchasing backpacks and supplies their children need to start the school year is stressful, especially when they are struggling with basic needs.
 
Your support of WFCM’s Annual Backpack Program helped provide backpacks to 1,990 students in 23 elementary, middle, and high schools in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, and Fairfax!   ( Spring 2014 Press Release )

WFCM partnered for the fourth year with Collect for Kids, www.collectforkids.org, in a county-wide effort to ensure the neediest children in our community receive the supplies they need to succeed in school.  The program is made possible through a partnership with Kids R First, Fairfax County Public Schools, the Fairfax County Office of Public and Private Partnerships, Apple Federal Credit Union and numerous community-based organizations in the Fairfax County are who are working together to efficiently provide basic and necessary school supplies and backpacks to over 20,000 students.
 
We appreciate the generosity of our local community in partnering with us in our backpack program!  Thank you to the following churches, businesses, and community groups for their participation in WFCM’s Backpack Program in 2014:
 
  • Cedar Run Community Church
  • Centreville Baptist Church
  • Centreville United Methodist Church
  • Chantilly Bible Church
  • Christ Central Presbyterian Church
  • Christ Presbyterian Church
  • Church of the Blessed Trinity
  • Church of the Epiphany Anglican
  • Feed the Children
  • Fairfax Church of Christ
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Integrity Applications Incorporated
  • King of Kings Lutheran Church
  • Korean Central Presbyterian Church
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • New Life Christian Church, Passion 4 Community
  • Ox Hill Baptist Church
  • Pender United Methodist Church
  • Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
  • Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
  • Shepherd Gate Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Timothy's Catholic Church, Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Cornerstone Church Seventh Day Adventist
  • The King’s Chapel
Thank you especially to the many generous individual donors who saw the need advertised on our website or in the local papers and dropped off backpacks at our offices, many of them who didn't give a name but just wanted to help!!! We appreciate you!  It was a struggle, as it is each year, to meet the huge demand for larger backpacks for middle and high schools.  Thank you to our donors who helped us with this need.

Just a few of the wonderful messages we received from a few of our donors and recipients:

“We just wanted to send a short note to express our most sincere and heartfelt "Thanks!" for helping supply these for our students and helping them start the year off on the right foot. We know that it takes effort and time and we really appreciate all you do to help make this happen!!” – Rachel DiBartello and Jenny Anderson, Lees Corner Counselors
 
“We are off to a fantastic school year.  We distributed 82 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students who receive meal support.” – Carla Johnson, Stone Middle School Counselor
 
“Just to finalize numbers...we committed to 40 and delivered 68...praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Looking forward to our next year with this ministry.”  - Sheila Mentzer, Backpack Drive Coordinator, Church of the Epiphany Anglican

 

Please click here for backpack size recommendations.  If you would like to learn more about WFCM's Annual Backpack or to find out how to help next year, please contact Jennie Bush, jbush@wfcmva.org.