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United Way and Cradles to Crayons’ Backpack-A-Thon

Each year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Cradles to Crayons help children start the school year off right. This year during back-to-school season, hundreds of volunteers stuffed and distributed 24,000 backpacks to area children to begin school ready to learn.

View photos from the 2015 Backpack-A-Thon on our Flickr page!

Sponsor a Backpack for $25

  • Your gift will help ensure that a child in need has all of the essential items to start the school year right.
  • The backpack will be filled with: Crayons/Colored Pencils, Markers, Highlighters, Pocket folders, 3-ring binders, Loose-leaf paper, Glue sticks, Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Composition books, Flash/Thumb Drive and Scientific Calculators.

Give a backpack full of school supplies

If you need help, please visit Cradles to Crayons’ resource page or dial 2-1-1 for information on critical health and human service needs – including assistance with school supplies for your children.

For more information about how you can involved, please contact your United Way representative or Heather Wertz at or 215-665-2422.