More than 800 children throughout Western Pennsylvania, including 30 from the Mon-Yough area, will receive backpacks full of school supplies this month through the efforts of PNC Bank and the Salvation Army.
On Thursday, PNC Bank employees will distribute the backpacks to 113 of those students, including 10 each from McKeesport, Braddock and Homestead during an event at the Salvation Army’s Homewood Worship and Service Center on Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh, a spokeswoman said.
Other students at Thursday’s event from Pittsburgh’s Homewood, West End and North Side areas and from the South Hills also will receive backpacks with school supplies, according to the Salvation Army.
This is the second year that PNC has supported the Salvation Army’s back-to-school backpack program. The backpacks, containing a variety of necessary items, are being distributed by the Salvation Army for needy pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“When students have the necessary classroom resources, they are more likely to succeed at school,” said Dan Taylor, senior vice president and downtown Pittsburgh regional manager for PNC Bank.
“Through this model program with the Salvation Army, we help engage deserving children in their own education and give them the right start to school this fall,” he said in a prepared statement.
Thursday’s event is designed to let PNC Bank employees directly meet the young people who are being helped by the program, according to a press release.
Following the distribution, the remaining 687 backpacks will be distributed throughout the Salvation Army’s 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division, the release stated.
Originally published August 08, 2017.