Greater Columbus

In Greater Columbus, Operation Backpack is joining forces with NBC4’s Stuff the Backpack campaign to reach even more children in need. We’re helping provide backpacks and supplies to 25 school districts in Franklin and Licking Counties.

Backpack collections begin June 15, 2019.

Donate Online

How to Donate a Backpack

  1. Download the supply list.
  2. Go to the store to get a new backpack and school supplies.
  3. Fill the backpack!
  4. Locate your nearest drop location (below) to donate.
  5. Don't forget to post a photo and encourage others to get involved!

If you would like to also organize your own donation drive at your company, club, camp, school, or place of worship, let us know! Visit the Organize a Drive page to learn more.

Use #OperationBackpack for all of your social media posts!

Questions? Email

Backpack Drop Locations

Once you have your supplies ready, you can drop them off at any of these locations. And a special thank you to all of our partners bringing confidence to kids all over Central Ohio! To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to kids in time for school, all donations must be dropped off by August 30, 2019.

Volunteers of America Administration Offices
1776 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio
Monday-Friday  |  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers of America Thrift Stores in Columbus Area
Check our Thrift Store Directory for hours and locations in the Columbus area.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Check their Online Directory for a location near you.
All locations accepting donations June 15 to August 30, 2019 

Thrivent Financial
250 West Old Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 255
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Monday–Friday  |  10a to 5:30p

Thrivent Financial
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 122 D
Grandview, Ohio 43215
Monday–Friday  |  8:30a to 4:30p

Proud to Partner with


Columbus Metro Library

Thank you to our sponsors

Oswald Companies
Buckeye Health Plan

Become a sponsor of Operation Backpack.

For more details on becoming a Sponsor, please contact:
Nicole Knowlton