Huntington Backpacks

Huntington President Mike Newbold and Salvation Army Divisional Commander Major John Turner with IPS students.

The Salvation Army, Huntington, and IPS Schools have partnered once again to donate 4,000 backpacks to Central Indiana students from low-income families for the upcoming school year.

The donation doubles Huntington’s 2010 commitment to Central Indiana and is part of a bankwide campaign to donate 30,000 backpacks throughout all bank communities. Huntington’s donation of 30,000 backpacks is supported by Big Lots Inc., which provided discounted pricing for the backpacks and increased its donation of basic school supplies.

Today, Huntington Bank Indiana President Mike Newbold announced the donation of 1,500 backpacks and assorted school supplies to Salvation Army Indiana to support Indianapolis Public Schools students.

“The Salvation Army is a proven partner in supporting the needs of local schoolchildren whose families can use a hand with basic back-to-school classroom supplies,” Newbold said. “At Huntington we know so many children in our community need assistance to show up to school equipped to learn. We encourage the generosity of the community in supporting this cause in Indianapolis Public Schools and other school districts throughout Central Indiana.”

Salvation Army Indiana divisional commander Major John Turner and Indianapolis Public Schools community relations director Mary Louise Bewley joined Newbold for today’s announcement, which included a backpack stuffing session to partially fill the backpacks with classroom supplies and a backpack giveaway to local schoolchildren in attendance.

This is the third year in a row that Huntington has worked with The Salvation Army to provide school supplies and backpacks to local students.