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HPD to Collect Backbacks for Keiki In Need

June 15, 2016, 2:08 PM HST
* Updated June 15, 2:11 PM
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Some of the backpacks collected during last year's drive are shown. HPD photo.

Backpacks collected during a previous HPD backpack drive. HPD photo.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will again participate in a backpack drive for children whose parents cannot afford to buy them.

As in previous years, all police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for those interested in helping children in need.

Backpacks may be dropped off between through Aug. 30.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi.

The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around Hawai‘i Island.

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This is the eighth consecutive year the police department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry).

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Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

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