Thanks to a local Girl Scout, families throughout Westchester will be able to send their kids back to school with backpacks, pencils and notebooks.
Amanda Grant of White Plains, a Girl Scout from Greenburgh’s Troop 1936, reached out to County Executive Robert P. Astorino about the need for low-income families to have adequate school supplies for their children.
Out of that initial letter she sent to Astorino came Operation Backpack–a school supplies drive for needy families in Westchester County. Astorino said Grant, who is working on her Silver Star Award for scouting, addressed a need in the community.
“She is living up the highest principle of what Girl Scouting is about,” he said in a media release.
The young scout said in a statement that "education is our future, and achieving this begins with having basic tools such as school supplies. As a Girl Scout, I feel it is my responsibility to help those in need, and that is why I choose to participate in a school supply drive.”
Westchester's Department of Social Services, Kids Kloset, Operation Prom and WFAS radio are sponsoring the program.
Operation Backpack will collect school supplies for children and families that the Westchester DSS serves.
Folks can drop off school supplies at the following locations:
- County Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, 1st floor, White Plains
- 112 East Post Road, White Plains, 5th Floor
- Kids Kloset, 170 East Post Rd, White Plains (914)-831-7616
- Life Cleaners, 300 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers (914) 968-1525
- Nicholas Day Spa & Salon, 203 Wolfs Lane, Pelham (914) 738-3838
- Lisa Vitiello's State Farm Agency, 282 White Plains Rd, Eastchester (914) 337-4810
Cash or bulk donations can be made by contacting Matthew McCarrick, public administration intern at DSS, at (914) 995-4979 or via email at email@example.com