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Sutter Health donates thousands of backpacks for local students in need

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Thanks to the generous donations of Sutter Health employees, Operation Backpack had a successful year bringing in thousands of backpacks, filled with schools supplies for local students before the start of a new school year.

  Operation Backpack is a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America that delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in our communities. The Sutter Health Valley Area, together, generously donated more than 2,000 backpacks to the campaign to provide students with the supplies they need to help them be successful in school.

“Supporting Operation Backpack was a new opportunity for affiliates in the South Valley Area this year and I was overwhelmed by the display of generosity from our team,” said Debbie Rinaldo, community benefit coordinator at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. “For us, it’s a simple donation of school supplies, but for underserved youth and their families, it means that Sutter Health cares.”

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital employee donations.

Recognizing that thousands of children return to school without much needed supplies, the Volunteers of America partnered with agencies and school districts to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need for the start of school.

“Volunteers of America is blessed to have a partner like Sutter Health,” said Ana Bankert, community relations manager at Volunteers of America Northern California. “The Operation Backpack Campaign is successful thanks to the generosity of Sutter Health staff who dedicate countless hours and resources year after year.”

Donations from Sutter Health employees poured in for two weeks in July with Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento donating 280 backpacks,  the most of any location. Each backpack was filled with school supplies ranging from new pens and markers to notebooks and scissors.

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital staff members prepare donations for drop off.

“I like to believe that our gifts are a message of hope and inspiration for many kids that will help drive them towards doing well in school,” said Rinaldo. “By supporting Operation Backpack we’re saying, we believe in you, and we want you to succeed.”

Although the backpack donation drive is complete, you can continue to make financial donations to support the Operation Backpack program by going online to donate.

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments

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