CSCU hosts annual backpack drive Aug. 22

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Margaret Shupe (left), Co-op Services’ assistant branch manager in Livonia, and Member Service Representative Katelyn Fava model new backpacks donated by staff during the Backpack Drive.

Accepting new backpacks and school supplies at 11 branch locations

  Co-op Services Credit Union launched its sixth annual Backpack Drive which runs through Friday.

Partnering with Volunteers of America, CSCU is collecting new backpacks, folders, notebooks, pens, scissors, pencils and other supplies that will go to needy students in Michigan.

Donation boxes are at the credit union’s 11 metropolitan Detroit branch offices including Rivers Edge Financial, with offices in Allen Park, Taylor and Woodhaven.

The donations will be distributed through Volunteers of America and its Operation Backpack initiative.

The drive was kicked off with a “School Spirit” dress-down day for staff who wore jeans and T-shirts from their favorite schools in exchange for individual donations of one backpack or five school supplies. 

“Many of the bins were already full with staff donations by the end of the first day,” said Jeremy Cybulski, youth and community development coordinator for CSCU. “Every year we marvel at the generosity of our credit union members, staff and partnering communities. It’s a testimony to how important these supplies are to helping kids succeed.”

Along with donations of new backpacks and new school supplies, monetary donations are also welcome.