Greater Columbus

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In Columbus, backpacks are collected and given to homeless children in our housing programs and children living in shelters in Columbus.

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 8, 2018.


Thrift Store Locations All of our Thrift Stores and our administrative building.

Columbus Metropolitan Library All of the Columbus Metropolitan Library locations.

A special thank you to our media partners

Thank you to our sponsors

Become a sponsor of Operation Backpack.
For more details on becoming a Sponsor, please contact:
Nicole Knowlton–