Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Rotary Club of Wheaton Donates 1200 Backpacks

With school around the corner, it’s time to gather school supplies by preparing students for a year full of gaining knowledge. The Rotary Club of Wheaton has outdone themselves with their Annual Backpack Drive by collecting 30 cases of backpacks. Think about it as a simple math problem; multiplying 30 cases by 40 backpacks amounts to 1200 total backpacks. That means 1200 needy students will have a new backpack to start off the school year. Amazing!


Former educator and current President of the Wheaton Rotary, Lori Belha, spearheaded the event. The funds for the drive were raised through the club’s annual Christmas fundraiser and by numerous individuals and businesses throughout the area. According to Belha, the fundraiser is a “real community effort.” Wheaton Rotary Club’s motto this year is “pay it forward” and that’s exactly what they’re doing by providing Humanitarian Service Project with this sizable donation. Now, hundreds of needy students will be thrilled to receive their brand new backpack. In addition to these backpacks, the Wheaton Rotary’s annual drive also supports School District 200.

Humanitarian Service Project is running a Back to School drive where individuals and businesses around the DuPage and Kane County area donate notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, crayons, etc. so that they can be given to children that can’t afford these back to school necessities. The supplies and backpacks from Wheaton’s Rotary Club will go straight to the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s Back to School Fair. The fair is being held at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park on August 7, 2013. Remember; we take donations all year long! To make a donation, you can email us at or call (630) 221-8340. 

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