2016 Backpack Brigade Event

08-31-16Trae Mazza

Operation Homefront

Arena Team Members had a busy July and August gearing up for our Backpack Brigade event!  The call went out, the donations were collected, the backpacks were packed, and handwritten notes of encouragement were attached…all in support of our service members and their families.  Thanks to the hard work of the Arena volunteers, there are 100 children who are smiling ear to ear with their new backpacks full of school supplies for the coming year!  Providing support and inspiration to these students in need sets them on a solid foundation going forward…the time spent, and the notes of encouragement written, will have a ripple effect throughout the community.  A shining example of the “Arena Way”!

 

Special thanks to Linda Dinga and Karen Franklin for their numerous donation pickups at various locations over the last few weeks, and Karen’s efforts today in getting the supplies organized and inventoried.  And thanks to Scott Stewart for his assistance throughout the day in securing and setting up a location where we could lay out our assembly line and not interfere with ongoing construction…not an easy task! And a special shout out to the following team members who showed up, rolled up their sleeves, and filled backpack after backpack:

Kirsten Hankinson

Katie Morris

Heath Cline

Julie Singmaster

Angela Leese

Matt Reyes

Michele Bahler

Ben May

John Pollard

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