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IAM needs backpacks for schoolchildren

Interfaith Assistance Ministry is asking for donations of backpacks for children in grades 2 through 12 as the school year approaches.

IAM provides school supplies to children of Henderson County families who are in financial crisis. Since Aug. 7, the nonprofit agency has distributed supplies to 238 children; 206 children received backpacks. In 2016, IAM helped 529 children with supplies.

Backpacks for high school students are especially needed at this time. Donations can be dropped off at the new IAM location, 310 Freeman Street near the Blue Ridge Mall. For more information, call 697-7029.