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Huntington Bank and the United Way are ready to hand out 700 backpacks to students in the Mahoning Valley and Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
Volunteers “stuffed the bus” in downtown Youngstown Tuesday with the new supplies. They will be delivered to needy kids heading back to school.
The bank has purchased more than 100,000 backpacks for kids over the past several years. Regional Marketing Manager Sandy Lisko said buying school supplies shouldn’t have to be a burden on the parents.
“For elementary it’s well over $500 just for the basics. For middle school, it’s over $700. For high school, it can go up to $1,200 plus,” said Lisko.
Huntington Bank keeps a backpack index to provide parents with a breakdown of the actual costs for kids to go back to school.
This is the fourth year for the event.