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Fill A Backpack fills a need

Have you noticed the back to school aisles now in stores? Although summer is far from over, families are already thinking about back to school. For many, this opens up new worries: How will I pay student fees, purchase new clothes and school supplies for each of my children, and still keep current with all my regular bills? There’s just not enough "pay" in the paycheck to stretch that far.

In Marathon County, 6,000 students from 4K-Grade 8 have been mailed tickets to participate in the Workplace Volunteer Council's Fill A Backpack Fill A Need project. This project supplies a new backpack (if needed) filled with the basic supplies students need to start school. For the parents of these 6,000 students, this project is a lifesaver. The value of the backpack and supplies received at Fill A Backpack is $45. For a mother of two, that's a financial savings of $90; for a father of four, $180.

FABFANTo prepare for an event of this scale, the Workplace Volunteer Council meets and plans year 'round and relies on the tremendous support of the community. From now until August 18, you can help students get the supplies they need by dropping off a bundle of pencils or a few sale items at any of these public drop sites: Abby Bank, Associated Bank, Marathon Savings Bank, Peoples State Bank, River Valley Bank, Time Federal Bank, Eastbay Retail Store, Frontier Communications Retail Store or Walmart. Or, leave the shopping to us by sending a monetary donation to: FABFAN, 705 S. 24th Ave., #400B, Wausau, WI 54401.

For families with tickets, remember this is a one-day event. On Saturday, August 23, you must come to the National Guard Armory at 833 S. 17th Avenue in Wausau between 8am-2pm to pick up your backpack and supplies. There is no alternate date; send a trusted friend or family member with your tickets if you are unable to attend.

For more information about Fill A Backpack, please visit our FABFAN page. Still have questions? Call 2-1-1 or Shelly Kaiser at United Way, 715-298-5723.

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