800 Needy Western PA Salvation Army Kids To Return To School In Style Thanks To Huntington Bank Backpack Program

Aug 04, 2015, 07:15 ET from The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Huntington Bank cares about giving back to its communities in a direct hands-on way.  For the seventh consecutive year, through the bank's backpack program, 800 needy Western Pennsylvania kids will return to school well prepared and ready to learn.  Huntington is again working with The Salvation Army to provide children - kindergarten through 8th grade - with new backpacks and a variety of school supplies.  The backpacks are supplied by Huntington Bank and Guy Brown Office Supply & Product Company.

Early on the morning of Thursday, August 6th, Huntington Bank employees will prepare to hand out backpacks to children at The Salvation Army's Homewood Worship and Service Center at 8020 Frankstown Road where over 100 children from Allegheny County will be served.  They will then travel to The Salvation Army's New Kensington Worship and Service Center at 1101 Fifth Avenue for lunch and a special delivery to 100 more kids.  The remaining 584 backpacks will be distributed at other Salvation Worship and Service Centers throughout the 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division.

"Back to school is an exciting time for students, and Huntington is looking forward to its annual backpack giveaway program with The Salvation Army.  The cost of school supplies is on the rise and out of reach for many families, so Huntington is pleased to be able to help many of our region's families once again this year," said Susie Shipley, President for Huntington Bank in Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865.  Today, it provides critical services in 127 countries worldwide.  The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services.  To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto www.wpa.salvationarmy.org.  The Salvation Army … Doing the most good…. for the most people . . . in the most need.

PHOTO OPS: Thursday, August 6th at two Salvation Army locations:
Site #1: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
The Salvation Army Homewood Worship and Service Center @ 8020 Frankstown Road
116 children will be served at this location:
Homewood Brushton – 31 children
McKeesport – 10 children
Steel Valley – 10 children
Westside – 15 children
Northside – 30 children
Braddock – 10 children
Pittsburgh Temple – 10 children

Site #2: 1:00 PM – Backpack distribution begins
The Salvation Army New Kensington Worship and Service Center @ 1101 Fifth Avenue
New Kensington – 100 children

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SOURCE The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division