Fill a backpack for CROSS kids

Backpack, school supply donations sought

Across the communities of Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers, Corcoran, Dayton and Champlin, thousands of children will be heading back to school in September.

For some local families, the start of school can include an added stress as they struggle to purchase a backpack and school supplies for their child(ren). Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, and more can often be additional expense to an already strained budget.

To help families in need, CROSS provides new backpacks, filled with school supplies, throughout the month of August and beginning of September. Each year, CROSS provides nearly 800 new backpacks and supplies for children.

School backpacks and supplies are now being sought by CROSS to donate to area children in need.
School backpacks and supplies are now being sought by CROSS to donate to area children in need.

To help children start their first day of school strong, CROSS is seeking donations of new back-to-school items before Aug. 1. Some of the most needed items, based on school supply lists, include:

• Backpacks

• College ruled notebooks (spiral)

• Black or blue pens

• White Elmer’s glue bottles

• Flash drives

• Pencils (24 pack #2)

• Dry erase markers

• Watercolor paints

• Crayola crayons (24 count)

• Markers (8 color package)

• Colored pencils (12 count)

• Scissors (7-inch adult or pointed)

• Loose leaf paper (college and wide ruled)

• Pocket folders (red, blue, yellow, purple, orange, black)

• Pencil boxes

• Deck of cards

• Ear buds

In addition to the new backpack and school supplies, it is CROSS’ goal for each the 800 school-aged children receiving a backpack to also receive a gift card to purchase a new pair of athletic shoes through community and business donations.

Donations can be dropped off at CROSS, 12915 Weinand Circle, Rogers. Hours are: Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CROSS is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide food and clothing to those in need and supported by community donations. Services at CROSS include a food shelf, Peace of Mind Housing financial assistance, Meals on Wheels, school supplies, and more.

Individuals and families seeking assistance can visit CROSS during regular business hours, no appointment is necessary. The last walk-in appointment is one hour before closing. Please bring a current piece of dated mail within the last 30 days with your name and address.

For more information, visit CROSSservices.org or 763-425-1050.