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Yonkers' ANDRUS Gathers 750 Backpacks For Westchester Students

Members of the ANDRUS drive pack more than 750 backpacks for children in need. Photo Credit: Contributed
A van is packed with all the backpacks. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Kiwanis Club of Hartsdale donates stuffed backpacks for the ANDRUS Drive. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- As children head back into the classroom, ANDRUS, a nonprofit providing mental and behavioral health services to children and families from the New York metro area, has made efforts this summer to ensure they have all the resources to succeed.

The agency’s annual backpack project collected more than 750 brand-new, fully stocked backpacks over the past three months.

With the support of local community groups and local businesses, children at the ANDRUS special education Orchard School, mental health clinics and various early childhood education, after-school and community programs, will be outfitted with the supplies they need to kick off the school year successfully.

During the Backpack Project, donors were asked to purchase new backpacks, pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, glue sticks, rulers, calculators, pencil cases, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, folders, binders, loose leaf paper and dividers, index cards and memo pads.

A full list of suggested supplies was provided, and ANDRUS hosted various drop off days on its 107-acre Yonkers campus in late August. As in previous years, many local groups and businesses throughout Westchester came through for the children at ANDRUS including the Children’s Hope Chest, Marine Corps League Toys for Tots, Eileen Fischer, ACORDA Therapeutics, Montefiore, All Star Marketing, GAP, Mercer, Westchester Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and individual donors. “We are so grateful to the local community and businesses for ensuring that our children head back to school with a brand new backpack and supplies; lessening a financial strain for their families and preparing them for success in the classroom this school year,” said ANDRUS President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran.

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