, Newburyport, MA

October 11, 2012

Operation Backpack helped many in need

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The Pettengill House, Inc. would like to extend its sincere thanks to the community for the incredible support we received for our eighth annual Operation Backpack program. This annual backpack and school supplies collection drive is part of Pettengill’s School Link Service program, the goal of which is that all children come to school ready to learn. Through the generous donations from schools, businesses, organizations, individuals and families, and faith communities, we were able to distribute 431 brand-new backpacks with school supplies to local children in need, resulting in an eight-year total of over 3,400 backpacks. We will continue to distribute backpacks on an as-needed basis throughout the school year for children in need moving into our community.

We would like to thank the following community partners who generously donated to our Operation Backpack program: Advantage Realty, Ben and Clarice Andreozzi, Terry Axten, Rivka Berman, Joyce Bothwell, Joyce Cejka, Liz Centola Hrul, Douglas and Eileen Chadbourne, James and Ann Chapman, Clipper Cardiovascular Associates, Barbara Coogan, Carol Davis, Robert Desmarais, Carol-Ann Doyle, Essex Newbury North Contracting Corp., Mary Finneran, Ann Marie Fitzpatrick, Four Star Limousine, David and Laura Fraser, Susan Garnet, Allan and Donna Gates, Kathleen Goguen, Susan Gonthier, Graham’s Ice Cream, Carl and Karen Gray, Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi, and Woefel, PC, Cecilia Healy, Hession Family, Institution for Savings, Judy Jester, Kindecare, David and Roberta Knight, Arthur Ledoux, Kyela Magnuson, Terrence Marengi, Rita Martel, Patrick and Elizabeth McAndrews, Al McCone, Patty McGann, Merrimacport United Methodist Church, Mersen, Susan Neale, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Newburyport Mothers Club, Bethany Noseworthy, Timothy Oliveira Memorial Fund, Terance and Natalie O’Malley, Laura Proietti, Kimberly Quinlan, Jeanne Schultz, Kathy Scott, Kim Sheehan, Cassandra Smith, Dale and Mary Snowdon, Marianne Stinson, St. James Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge Properties, TCS Communication Corp, TJX Foundation, Inc., Margaret Walker, Albert and Elizabeth Wencl, Jr., Genna Young, Jen Yurkavich and the numerous anonymous donors.

In addition to everyone who donated to this program, we would also like to thank our community collection site partners: Amesbury Public Library, Annarosa’s Bakery, Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimac Valley, Flatbread Company, Healthcare Complete, Hope Community Church, Institution for Savings, Latitude Sports Clubs, Marshalls, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, Stone Ridge Properties, Stop & Shop, Supercuts, Tom’s Discount, Unity on the River, Walmart, West Newbury Food Mart and YWCA of Greater Newburyport. Thanks also to The Provident Bank for advertising this program on their marquee.

Special thanks to our local school partners who were so helpful in providing district wide communication to families and faculty. Further thanks to area principals, Kristina Davis, Bresnahan Elementary School and Michael Curry, Amesbury Middle School, for providing school based distribution sites.

Finally we would like to acknowledge our dedicated volunteers who donated their time and energy to collect, sort, and distribute backpacks: Thanks to Courtney Borkowski, Peg Brown, Claire Cavanaugh, Billy Chester, Stephanie Conover, Zoe Cummings, Jennifer Cutting, Barbara Harrington, Dianne LeSage, Rachel Mace, David Mackie, Jean Mercer, Newburyport Mothers Club, Donna Scott, Anthony Silva, Ralph and Taylor Turgeon and Laurie Wile.

On behalf of Deborah Smith, executive director, as well as our staff, volunteers and board of directors, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Operation Backpack.

The joint support, generosity, and collaboration we received from the community enabled area children to start this year prepared for school and ready to learn.

Mary Morse

Program coordinator,

The Pettengill House