Stuffing 1,000 backpacks with school supplies sounds like a big job, but when you’ve got a great team like the employees of Huntington National Bank, it doesn’t take long before the backpacks are piled high.

For the fifth year, Huntington has partnered with The Salvation Army and Indianapolis Public Schools to provide essential school supplies to students whose families struggle with back-to-school costs. The supplies – like crayons, notebooks, folders and pencils – help students show up on the first day of school with all the tools necessary to have a successful year in the classroom.


Huntington Bank staff fills 1,000 backpacks

The backpack distribution kicked off at The Salvation Army’s Ruth Lilly Women & Children’s Center, where more than 40 kids from the shelter’s Day Camp program were the first to receive the new school supplies. Many of these children showed up at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs. Brand new backpacks and supplies mean much more when a child has so little to call their own.

Greg Newlin, Academic Improvement Officer with IPS, remarked, “This is just such an example of what community partnerships can do in the way of providing opportunity and access for our young people.”


An IPS student receives school supplies

Major John Turner, Divisional Commander at The Salvation Army, agrees. “It’s a wonderful opportunity when a non-profit organization, a public school and a corporate partner can work together to do good in the community. And that’s exactly what this is all about. Three partners working together for the benefit of 1,500 children in the community.”

Oh behalf of those children, we are so very thankful for the generosity of Huntington Bank and the Indianapolis community. Thank you for helping us do the most good in Central Indiana!


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