Backpacks Needed for Children at Murphy Clinic and Christown YMCA

Virgo is coordinating a backpack drive on behalf of Esperança, an international nonprofit headquartered in Phoenix. The backpacks will benefit low income Phoenix families. Individuals and corporations who want to make a donation can drop off items at Virgo’s offices from July 1 through July 31, 2013. Virgo is located at 3300 N. Central Ave., Ste. 300 in Phoenix.

“For many families in Phoenix, they aren’t able to afford basic school supplies,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “Partnering with Virgo is going to be a huge help in getting these backpacks donated and to the children who need them most. We appreciate the community’s support.”

They are hoping to acquire 75-100 new backpacks and supplies (paper, notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, erasers and glue) to help send low-income children back to school with the necessary items. The backpacks will be distributed to children between the ages of 5-17 at the Murphy Clinic and Christown YMCA.

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If you don’t have time to shop for a backpack or supplies, but would like to help, you can also send a check to Esperança, 1911 W. Earll Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85015, and indicate that it is for the “Backpack Fund.” You can also donate online or call Kevin at 602.252.7772 ext. 104 to make a payment by phone.

For more information or to schedule a time to drop off backpacks and supplies, call Jared Leslie, development director at (602) 252.7772 ext. 101.

Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention programs, and sends donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança’s goal is to build clean, sustainable and healthy communities worldwide. To learn more, visit: