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Backpack Drive 2019

2019 Backpack Drive
Sharing Christ ~ Changing Lives ~ Providing Backpacks!

We are ready to launch our second UCC Groton Backpack Drive and will be providing 250-300 students with backpacks and school supplies on August 23, 2019. Cheerful volunteers (YOU) are the key to making this program a success. Here’s how you can help:

Volunteer to set-up at Devens Community Center, August 21-22. We need people to be “on call” to unload a truck and help stock tables at several times (morning, afternoon and evening). All church youth are welcome and encouraged!

Volunteer on Distribution Day, Friday, August 23. Be a greeter (check people in) or a “personal shopper” with families during two shifts (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at Devens Community Center. Due to privacy concerns, volunteers must be adults.

Volunteer over the following weekend or Monday/Tuesday the following week to help with clean-up, organization of remaining supplies, and distribution of supplies to area schools.

Make a monetary donation (used to buy school supplies and backpacks).  To give online, click here.  You can also send a check made out to UCC Groton (Memo: Backpack Drive) to Carol Zaiatz in the Church Office (220 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450)

Shop for backpacks: A large number of backpacks are being donated by others, but we are responsible for providing approximately 50 varied backpacks for middle school, high school, and college students. Backpacks must be provided by August 1.

Volunteer to shop in early August for any shortfall of school supplies that may still be needed. If you enjoy finding bargains and bulk-shopping (either online or in person), we may need a few people to help with last-minute shopping of outstanding items (to be determined). If they are items we have assigned, you can be reimbursed for the cost of purchased items.

Donate school supplies: The following items are needed to round out the many donations provided by others. Please only provide items with the specifications listed here and feel free to buy in bulk to get the best deals:
—150 3-ring binders with 2-inch rings
—500 pocket folders
—90 packs of index cards (no more than 100 cards per pack)
—150 packs college-ruled 3-ring binder paper (pre-holed or “filler paper”)
—150 college-ruled composition books
—120 packs of dividers for 3-ring binders
—120 mechanical pencils

Please consider giving a few hours of your time so that area children can share in the excitement of a new school year without the worry of being unprepared. Donations of backpacks and supplies will be collected in Fellowship Hall near the choir room beginning July 18.

Please contact Andrea McDonough (; 978-692-7859) or Stefanie Lempp (; 978-448-3275) to sign-up to volunteer, make a monetary donation, or to learn more!