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All encouraged to be Backpack Heroes. Donation cash or school supplies including backpacks to become a Backpack Hero.

Youth Villages is seeking Backpack Heroes for more than 100 children receiving care in the Portland and Salem areas.

The Backpack Heroes program collects backpacks and school supplies for children who have experienced trauma or have a history of emotional or behavioral health issues so they can start the school year equipped to succeed.

Individuals, families or groups are invited to participate as Backpack Heroes by donating school supply items or donate online. Items especially needed include backpacks, scientific calculators and reusable water bottles.

Donations can be dropped off at the Youth Villages Oregon office located at 2507 Christie Drive in Lake Oswego between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Aug. 9.

"We appreciate our Oregon community for assuring students are ready for the school year with backpacks and supplies," said Andrew Grover, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon. "We are especially grateful to Walsh Construction, a strong partner in our work for more than a decade; Dutch Brothers who individually and personally fill every backpack request for our Central Oregon families; and Les Schwab, ardent supporters for nearly 20 years."

For more information or to arrange a donation pickup, call Sierra Parsons, development associate at Youth Villages at 503-675-2206.

Youth Villages Oregon is part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with mental and behavioral health issues, their families and young people. It is committed to providing the most effective and cost-effective programs and offers intensive in-home services to children and families, emergency department diversion for youth experiencing behavioral health emergencies and YVLifeSet services for youth aging out of the state system to help them make a successful transition to independent adulthood.


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