Kiwanis Club ‘packs up’ school supplies for twelfth year

For the twelfth year, the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons provided backpacks to the Center for Family Services in Camden.

Kiwanis Club of the Haddons members (from left to right): Dominic DeNinno, Pat Wilson and Celia DeNinno deliver a full trunk full of stuffed backpacks at the Courier-Post drop-off location for Project Backpack. Photo by Milton Smith

Eager hands of Kiwanis Club members and friends made short order of exceeding their goal of 20 backpacks by stuffing 30 backpacks with school supplies for the Center for Family Services’ “Project Backpack.”

Adjourning their Aug. 11 club meeting early, the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons stuffed backpacks with pencils, pens, notebooks, composition books, crayons, highlighters, rulers, glue, binders, folders, pencil boxes and more. In addition, a full box of school supplies were donated. This is the twelfth year the Kiwanis Club has provided backpacks to the Center for Family Services in Camden.

“Club members have been shopping the sales for the past two months. Some even started shopping last September,” said Club Secretary Milton Smith of Burlington City, an Architect with Kitchen & Associates Architectural Services in Collingswood.

Mary “Pat” Wilson of Haddon Township, a retired nurse, brought along her grandson and granddaughter to help stuff the backpack.

“They always looks forward to this project, showing how we can help others in our community, and, who better to know what school supplies students need than current students,” Wilson said.

To learn more about Project Backpack, visit the Center for Family Services website,

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of the Haddons meets Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Tavistock Country Club. All citizens concerned with the healthful development of youth are welcome to join. Visit the Kiwanis at