Join NBC4 in Supporting Our Schools With Backpacks 4 Kids

Help DMV elementary school students by donating new backpacks & school supplies

NBC4 is Working 4 The Community with our annual Backpacks 4 Kids/Supporting Our Schools campaign. Please join us and our sister station, T44, in giving elementary school students in the DMV a good start to the new school year. Our goal is to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies to at least 4,000 students this year.

Here's how you can help:

Donate new backpacks and school supplies* in person at one of these collection events:

Drop off your donation in the lobby collection bin at UM Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland, now through July 20.

You can also drop off donations during the following events:

Whole Foods 

Riverdale Park Station

6621-B Baltimore Ave., Riverdale Park, MD

Thursday, July 18 from 6 a.m.-2 p.m.


The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center

Join NBC4, T44 and the National Law Enforcement Museum for a fun family day, and bring new backpacks and school supplies to our on-site donation collection.

Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon-5 p.m.


Apple Federal Credit Union

NBC4 staff will accept your donations at the Apple Federal Credit Union's Kingstowne Branch, 6831 Sir Viceroy Drive, Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6 a.m.-noon.


You can also make a donation at any Apple Federal Credit Union branch now through Aug. 7.


3) Make a secure online donation here, and NBC4 & T44 will purchase and distribute backpacks and supplies to local schools, community centers, and non-profit groups working with elementary school students.

4) Send a check made out to GWCF/Backpacks 4 Kids to: Backpacks 4 Kids, NBC4, 4001 Nebraska Aven. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 

All monetary donations go into the Backpacks 4 Kids fund at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3, and are entirely tax-deductible.

With your help, we can give more local students the tools they need to succeed!

*Here are the supplies needed to fill each backpack:

  • Composition books
  • Pocket folders
  • Pack of 24 crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • #2 Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Yellow highlighters
  • Three ring binders (1.5" or 2")
  • Loose leaf notebook paper, wide ruled
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