Operation Backpack supplies given to families in need

Operation Backpack equipping kids with tools for success

CLEVELAND, OH (CNN) - Operation Backpack supplies are beginning to make their way into the hands of the students who will use them this school year.

On Thursday morning, that included four young girls from the Cleveland area.

The students arrived at Volunteers of America's downtown Cleveland building to pick the supplies.

Nyla Shelton and Neveah Shelton are headed into the sixth and second grades, respectively. Each girl received a backpack, filled with school supplies they'll need for their classes.

"I'm just happy. It's something special that somebody else can provide it for another family," said Nyla Shelton.

Their parents, Theodore and Diannia Shelton, say they're grateful for the community's support.

"School's starting real soon, and I didn't even have it to give to them," said Theodore Shelton. "I thank God for the VOA, because they came through for my girls, and I appreciate it very much."

"It's a stepping stone and again, we are truly grateful," added Diannia Shelton.

Cleveland 19 News took you live all last week to Operation Backpack drop-off locations at Marc's and Levin Furniture around Northeast Ohio. Because of generous donations, school supplies will be provided for hundreds of kids, and Volunteers of America says donations are still coming.

If you want to help, you can shop the Amazon wishlist here for the items kids will need most throughout the school year. Your contributions will go straight toward helping local students succeed.

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