For the fifth year, Sandia/California has rallied to give children of local military families a stellar start to the school year.
The Operation Backpack team initially aimed to collect 150 backpacks filled with school supplies. At the end of the campaign, Sandia had far surpassed that number with a total of 202 children adopted. Excitement for the program was so high that
Division 8000 Associate Laboratories Director Dori Ellis was impressed with the turnout from the division.
“This year’s Operation Backpack has been stunningly successful,” Dori said. “The generosity of the whole division, including Carlsbad and Albuquerque, has been beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.”
Operation Backpack was born as a giving drive in the weapons systems center. It expanded to encompass all of Sandia/California after employees from all corners of the site asked how they could be involved. Since then it has grown to encompass all of Division 8000, including Carlsbad and Albuquerque, and the California Laboratory. The program also receives significant support from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Veterans in Energy, Technology
Its mission then and now is to thank military families for their sacrifice in service to the nation. The back-to-school season can be stressful and costly for any
Operation Backpack is led by Rachel Sowell with the support of the following generous people: Kathy Boyan, Adina Eliassian, Dori Ellis, David Gibson, Rachael Gupta, Judi Marquez, Michele Morris (LLNL), Tara Olsen, Terri Spraggins and Adrian Valenzuela (LLNL).