United Way of Greater Toledo hosts 4th annual Kickoff to Caring

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Over 1,000 volunteers gathered at Owens Community College to stuff 5,000 backpacks with school supplies for kids in need.

"The spirit of this is to help kids have a great start to the school year and a little security," explains United Way of Greater Toledo's President and CEO, Wendy Pestrue. "A little bit of that confidence that comes with a nice set of school supplies."

The backpacks will be distributed largely to Toledo Public Schools, serving nearly 3,000 students who are considered homeless, and many kids in foster care.

Remaining bags go to the Salvation Army, a partner with United Way for over 100 years, and to the Area Office on Aging's Kinship Program, to supply kids with backpacks who are being cared for by a grandparent.