Thanks to a collaborative effort between American Express and The Salvation Army, all 850+ students at Maryland School received new backpacks filled with enough supplies for the first few months of the new school year. Pencils, pens, markers, crayons, erasers, notebooks and paper were just some of the supplies included in the new backpacks.
This year alone, American Express has donated roughly 250,000 school items supplies to 16 local school districts. More than 200 American Express employees and their families have spent more than 700 volunteer hours collecting and preparing the supplies for distribution.
"American Express is focused on giving back to the community," said Lauren Brogie, American Express public affairs manager. "Good citizenship is one of our blue box values and we've been proud to partner with the Salvation Army on events like this for the last nine years."
The Salvation Army provides support for more than 10,000 children locally.
"I want the kids and their families to know that the community cares and we're all in this together," said Maj. Nancy Dihle, Salvation Army Valley of the Sun coordinator. "If we can contribute and make their education better, then we're contributing to the future of this community and our country."
"Many of our families are unable to provide these types of supplies," said Maryland social worker Britney Villa-Sanchez. "Despite being so young, it's rewarding to see how happy and grateful these kids are. We are so appreciative of The Salvation Army and American Express."
Fox10 News' Cory McCloskey was also on hand to cover the event live for the Fox10 morning newscast.