Operation Backpack organizers Karelyn Baker (8210), left, and Rachel Sowell (8000), right, talk to Sandia/California VP Marianne Walck about this year’s collection of backpacks filled with school supplies that were donated by Sandia California employees. (Photo by Dino Vournas)
Sandia/California rallies to collect a record 65 backpacks for children of military families
For the third year in a row, Sandia/California has exceeded expectations set from previous years, collecting 65 backpacks filled with school supplies for children of local military families, beating the record set last year of 48 backpacks. Some 50 backpacks were delivered to US Army Reserves Garrison Camp Parks, in Dublin, California, and 15 were sent to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.
Operation Backpack was founded as a way for the site to thank military families for their sacrifice in service to the nation. The back-to-school season can be a stressful and costly time for any family, but can be especially trying for military families with a deployed family member or single-earner households.
By providing school supplies, the Operation Backpack planning committee hopes to alleviate the stress and let military families know that they are supported by the Sandia/California community.
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped the Division’s mission to continue to support Operation Backpack,” says Rachel Sowell (8000). “Without your generous donations, we would not be able to fulfill our commitment to support the nation’s military families.”