Zeal Credit Union begins 8th annual backpack drive

Collection boxes for new backpacks and school supplies at 11 branch locations

Zeal Credit Union is collecting new backpacks, folders, notebooks, pens, scissors, pencils and other supplies that will go to needy students throughout Michigan.

Collection boxes are in the lobbies of each of the credit union’s 11 metropolitan Detroit branch offices.

Aug. 12 is the deadline to make donations of new backpacks and new school supplies, which will be distributed through Volunteers of America and its Operation Backpack initiative. Monetary donations are also welcome.

During the drive, Zeal employees will participate in a School Spirit dress-down day to generate more awareness about the drive and raise additional funds.

“This is our eighth annual Backpack Drive, which over the years has helped thousands of needy students be better prepared for the start of school,” said Tiffany Sweet, youth and community development coordinator for Zeal Credit Union. “In addition to our youth financial literacy programs, we are dedicated to giving students the tools they need to succeed in school.”

More details about the Backpack Drive are available at www.ZealCreditUnion.org.