Project provides backpacks for needy children

It’s back to school for most students in one week but many students are going back without all the supplies they need.  ABC Ten’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has the story on one organization that is trying to change that.


Parents know that buying all the necessary school supplies can get expensive…and with the need for shoes…clothes…and food—many students face heading back to school empty handed.

The New Beginnings Angel Mission in Calumet is stuffing backpacks this week to help needy families get the school supplies they need.

New Beginnings Angel Mission Director Terry Bazin says, “The community needs assistance.  It’s hard enough right now with food, energy, and rent and everything and then we’ve got families with four and five kids that need backpacks and school supplies.”

This week…the public can drop off school supplies to their free store in Calumet.

“We need everything from rulers, crayons, staplers, book bags, book covers, pencil bags and backpacks…backpacks…backpacks,” Bazin says.

Not sure what to buy or don’t have much time…the volunteers at the Angel Mission can take a donation and go shopping for you.

It all ends up in the backpacks and in the hands of the children.