Operation Backpack Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Operation Backpack, Amesbury MA

The Pettengill House has begun its collection and sign-ups for Operation Backpack, an annual backpack and school supply drive with the goal of helping every student start the school year ready to learn. Operation Backpack provides NEW backpacks and school supplies to students in pre–k through twelfth grade who attend school in the Amesbury, Newburyport, Pentucket and Triton school districts. If you would like to donate, please refer to the list of needed items below.  Items can be dropped off at any of the listed drop-off locations throughout the community.  Please drop off all items by August 15th. would like to encourage everyone to consider how they might make this annual program an even bigger success this year. If you have kids, include them in the decision making process as you purchase backpacks and school supplies, as this is a great opportunity for your kids to understand the importance of helping others in our community. Don’t grab just any backpack. Take the time to choose things that will bring a smile to a child’s face and get them excited about going back to school!

You can visit the Operation Backpack Amazon Wishlist to shop for needed items online and have them shipped directly to The Pettengill House. You can also help this community wide effort by sharing the Pettengill House Operation Back Pack Facebook Post with your friends and family.

Monetary donations and gift cards are always accepted and appreciated as well.  Please make checks payable to The Pettengill House, Inc., note “Operation Backpack” in the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 5551, Salisbury, MA 01952.  All donations are tax-deductible, and directly benefit the children in our community.

If you are in need of assistance through the annual backpack and school supply drive, please sign up through the Pettengill House food pantry on August 1st or 8th, or call The Pettengill Family Resource Center at (978) 792-5205 on or after July 31st to schedule an appointment. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed during the third and fourth weeks in August by appointment only.

The Pettengill House is a nonprofit social service organization. This annual backpack and school supply drive supports Pettengill’s School Link Service Program. For more information, please visit 

Items Needed (NEW items only, please):

Operation Backpack, Amesbury MA


Sturdy backpacks, three-ring binders & dividers, spiral & composition notebooks, scientific & regular calculators, pens, no. 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil cases, erasers, markers, crayons, glue sticks, index cards, sticky notes, small staplers, scissors, rulers, fine-tipped sharpies, highlighters, graph paper, loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, protractors, thumb drives, lunch boxes, tissue packs



Drop-off Locations:

Amesbury: Align Credit Union, Holy Family Parish, Main Street Congregational Church, Newburyport Bank, Bank Prov,  Stone Ridge Properties

Newbury: Newburyport Bank

Newburyport: Newburyport Bank, Bank Prov

Salisbury:  Newburyport Bank, Star of the Sea Church is proud to have The Pettengill House as a fundraising partner for the VIP Program. If you appreciate dining and shopping in our local community, you can support The Pettengill House by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card.  The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to The Pettengill House.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google



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