150 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies Handed Out To Underprivileged Students

Over 150 backpacks have been handed out to students in Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties.

A new school year can be exciting for kids, with the promise of new learning opportunities and new friendships to be made. But for many families, the burden of providing expensive school supplies makes this a stressful time of year.

Crystal Run Healthcare has, for the 11th year in a row, helped ease that burden. Employees of the healthcare practice purchased backpacks and school supplies to be donated to families throughout Sullivan, Orange and Rockland Counties. This year’s school supply drive was an ongoing partnership between Crystal Run Healthcare, the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club’s Backpacks for Hope, and People to People in Rockland County.

This is the second year that the practice has worked with People to People’s “Back to School with Dignity” program; the Boys & Girls Club has been a beneficiary since 2011.

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“Beginning the school year with the right tools provides children facing difficult times with hope, motivation, and encouragement. It is because of the ongoing generosity of our many employees that we can help hundreds of students begin the school year, ready to succeed,” said Tara Kammarada, Director of Human Resources at Crystal Run Healthcare.

Lori Rivenburgh, executive director of the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Club, said Crystal Run’s donations were very much needed.

“In total we were able to hand out over 150 backpacks to children in need in Northern Orange and Sullivan Counties this year,” Rivenburgh said. “That was due in part to the generous donations from our friends at Crystal Run Healthcare, who set up donation sites at six Crystal Run locations.”

“We are grateful for the ongoing support and dedication of our friends at Crystal Run Healthcare,” the executive director continued. “It is through strong community partnerships like this, that we are helping to build great futures for local youth!”

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