Nebraska Crossing Outlets Host Backpack Collection Drive July 27 & 28


The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids have teamed up to collect new school supplies. Every year, the Back to School Backpack Program provides thousands of children with backpacks and school supplies at locations across the metro. The 2014 premier sponsor is Methodist Health System. Back to School collection partners are participating McDonald’s and Kaplan University.

This weekend on July 26 (10 am – 4 pm) and July 27 (11 am – 4 pm) Salvation Army volunteers will be on site at Nebraska Crossing Outlets collecting donations of backpacks only and monetary donations. Every backpack or $10 donation will be matched by Nebraska Crossing Outlets.

New school supplies are being collected now through August 6. They can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center (3612 Cuming Street), any Methodist clinic or hospital location, participating McDonald’s and Kaplan University. Donations are also accepted at the following locations: Bounce University, Gordmans, Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging Senior Centers, Omaha Hair Choice, Classic Pool & Spa, Sapp Brothers and Peck Law Firm.

The following new items are needed: backpacks, crayons, markers, rulers, glue, erasers, spiral notebooks, two pocket folders, pencils, pens and theme paper.

Monetary donations can be made online at You may also support the Back to School program by texting OMAHA to 80888 and make a $10 donation by phone. Message and data rates apply.




Photos from Western Division.  


About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to