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The Club has partnered with Burlington Stores Inc. to get backpacks for youths.
Starting a new school year is exciting when you know that you have all your gear ready to go in your brand new backpack.

But when you’re financially strapped, the situation can be a strain.

Which is where two local organizations have stepped in.

Burlington Stores Inc. has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a backpack drive.

Through Sept. 5, clients can participate in “#GiveBackPacks: Help Kids Get What They Need to Succeed!”

New or gently used backpacks are being sought and will be distributed to needy local children by the Vacaville branch of the Boys & Girls Club.

“We don’t have a specific number. We need as much as we can get,” said Julian Howard, a former club member and now a staffer. “It helps out parents and kids.”

For several hours on Saturday and Sunday, Howard, 19, and club member Abigail Arteaga, 11, manned a table inside Burlington’s Vacaville location and greeted guests. They made visitors aware of club offerings, including programs, and explained the need for backpacks.

They also conducted a game including foil-made boats, marbles and water, and offered prizes from pencils to sunglasses to teddy bears.

The need is real, Howard said, adding that every donation is greatly appreciated.

Abigail agreed.

“It would be very helpful and we’re very thankful for the people that donate and I hope (their recipients) enjoy them,” she said.

The youth also shared a wish for the school year.

“I hope I see new kids at the club,” she said.

As a special thank you, Burlington will fund $150,000 worth of backpack projects on

For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, visit

By Kimberly K. Fu,, @ReporterKimFu on Twitter

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