Donations needed to fill backpacks

Published 07/15 2013 08:33PM

Updated 07/16 2013 11:04AM

URBANA -- A group needs your help to send kids to school prepared. The Heavenly Seven is a group of retirees who want to give back to the community.

Each year, they put together backpacks full of school supplies and give them to kids in need. They say with rising costs of school supplies, parents need help.

"A lot of the parents really can't afford to buy stuff for the kids," said Heavenly Seven president Augustus Johnson. "We just said, 'well, maybe we can do something to help the parents.'"

Last year they gave away more than 300 book-bags. This year, they want to give more including to high school students.

Supplies/financial donations can be dropped off at three locations:

Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center
1401 East Main Street

613 North 4th Street

PO Box 904
Champaign, IL 61820

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