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Greater Columbus

Operation Backpack

Many children return to school without the basic supplies they need. You can give a child hope to start the school year off right through Operation Backpack®.

With your help, new backpacks and school supplies are collected and given to homeless and at-risk children throughout central Columbus.

You can help kids become whatever they imagine and dream.

You are a dream maker. You give a child hope.

Columbus Operation Backpack® begins July 13 through August 12, 2020.

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How to Donate a Backpack

  1. Download the Supply List and go shopping for school supplies.
  2. Deliver the backpack to a drop location near you.
    -OR-
  3. You can shop online through our Amazon Wish List and have the supplies delivered straight to VOA. No hassle, no fuss.
  4. Don’t forget to post a photo and share your experience with us! Use the #OperationBackpack and make sure to tag @voaohin on social media.

2020 Campaign Toolkit


Backpack Drop Locations

You can drop off backpacks and school supplies at all Volunteers of America Thrift stores in the Columbus area.

Check our Thrift Store Directory for hours and locations.

Thank you Union Home Mortgage Foundation for giving kids hope in Columbus.


A special thank you to our partner for sharing their love and hope with children throughout Ohio! 


For questions or additional information, please contact:

OperationBackpack@voaohin.org