Editorial: Thank you, northeast Ohio, for your help with 'Operation: Backpack'

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's hard to believe that our kids will be heading off to begin another school year in a few short weeks.

For many northeast Ohio families, this is a stressful time. The price tag for essential back to school supplies can add up, and many families just can't afford it.

That's why Cleveland 19 News is spearheading Operation: Backpack -- a school supply drive that really goes a long way to help kids in need.

While we've been gathering notebooks, pencils, crayons, and backpacks in communities across northeast Ohio, we'd like to remind you that you don't have to drive anywhere to make a donation. We've set up an Amazon account with a list of prices and needed items. It's never been easier -- simply go to Cleveland19.com or the Cleveland 19 News app and follow the links and prompts.

Remember, a donation made in northeast Ohio helps kids right here.

We'd also like to give a shout out to our corporate sponsors -- Marcs, Levin Furniture, Ohio Savings Bank, and the Volunteers of America -- for helping make operation backpack to make a difference.

Most of all, we'd like to thank you for your generosity. For many kids, the first big test of the school year is just getting started with the tools they need every day. Your donations open the door for their success.

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