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August 22, 2017 10:05 PM

More Backpacks Needed For Project SOS

Sioux Falls, SD

Over the weekend, the Banquet in Sioux Falls handed out nearly 6,000 backpacks to young children, even high schoolers, who will soon be heading back to class. 

Though that's a lot of backpacks, the organization says it still needs more.  

The line stretched around the block outside of Whittier Middle School in Sioux Falls on Saturday for the first Project SOS giveaway.

"Everyone who came to us on Saturday got a backpack," Project SOS coordinator Erika Lapour said. 

Lapour says many families can't afford to buy the school supplies needed in the classroom.  

"Families come to us because they are struggling to make ends meet.  They're struggling to put food on the table and gas in the car; pay their bills.  School supplies are expensive," Lapour said. 

Project SOS makes it a little easier, but unfortunately, there are still some families who weren't able to get those supplies. 

 "There were a lot of people who weren't able to make it on Saturday.  It's kind of tough.  It's one day, two weeks before Sioux Falls starts," Lapour said. 

Now the Banquet is asking the public to step up once again to fill these shelves for one more distribution.  They estimate they'll need at least 1,000 more. 

"What we're in most need of are the high school backpacks and middle school backpacks.  We had to do a lot of reshuffling that day to make sure everyone left with a backpack," Lapour said. 

They also need spiral notebooks; wide ruled are the most commonly used type in the school district. 

"If people want to continue to help us, we welcome all supplies that can be brought directly to the Banquet," Lapour said. 

The Banquet will be distributing the backpacks at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the first day of school for Sioux Falls School District students.

You can also donate to The Banquet online.

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