Credit union holds backpack, school supply drive

To support Volunteers of America and Operation Backpack, Zeal Credit Union is accepting donations of new backpacks and school supplies, as well as monetary donations, at each of its 13 metropolitan Detroit branch offices.

“This is our 10th year to collect school supplies to help at-risk and homeless children enjoy a great start to the school year,” said Tiffany Sweet, youth and community development coordinator for Zeal Credit Union. “Zeal employees also get involved by donating supplies and stuffing grade-specific backpacks.”

This year’s Backpack and School Supply Drive runs through Aug. 3. Donations are then distributed by Operation Backpack to needy students throughout Michigan.

“Our goal is to donate 75 fully stuffed backpacks, and with everyone’s help, we hope to exceed that,” Sweet said.

For more information about the 2018 Backpack and School Supply Drive and lists of grade-specific school supplies, go to or