With almost 31 percent of the children in the Coachella Valley below the poverty level, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission looks to help them achieve academic success through their Backpack Bonanza program, providing free backpacks and supplies to 2,500 low-income children on Saturday, August 7 starting at 7 a.m.
“Being prepared for school is crucial,” said Darla Burkett, CVRM Executive Director. “After food and shelter, education for children is a critical factor in helping break the cycle of poverty, and we are grateful to help the community fill this need.”
The Rescue Mission is hoping to distribute more than 2,500 backpacks to children from disadvantaged families and is looking to the community to support this donation effort. Donation boxes will be distributed at more than 80 locations throughout the Coachella Valley. Locations include Albertson’s in Palm Desert, Bank of Southern California La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, FirstBank Palm Desert, Las Casuelas Terraza Palm Springs, Ralphs in Indio, and Staples in Palm Desert. Donations will be accepted until August 6.
Backpacks and supplies can also be dropped off at CVRM, located at 47470 Van Buren St. in Indio. An online donation designated for the Backpack Bonanza can be made at CVRM.org with the Donate Now button. Backpacks, spiral notebooks, yellow highlighters, pencil sharpeners, lined paper, and all other school related supplies are needed.