Operation Backpack@

In My Area

You can help empower kids in your area. Get info on how to donate and find campaigns in your area.

You can help all kids reach for the stars! 

Many children return to school without the basic supplies they need. You can empower kids to start the school year off right through Operation Backpack®. 

With your help, new backpacks and school supplies are collected and given to local area kids in need. 

Every child deserves to experience the confidence that comes from starting the school year with the right tools in hand. 

How to Donate a Backpack 

  1. Download the complete Supply List and go shopping for school supplies. This includes items such as: 
    – Backpacks 
    – Pencils 
    – Notebooks 
  2. Deliver the backpack to a drop location near you. 
  3. Don’t forget to post a photo and share your experience with us! Use #OperationBackpack and make sure to tag @voaohin on social media. 
  4. We’d love to say thank you! After you’ve dropped off donations, we encourage you to fill out our reporting form. 

Indianapolis

June 10 – July 22 

Thank you to Indianapolis Public Library, Furniture Fair, and Fox59 for hosting drop locations in Indianapolis! Check out the drop locations and special events throughout Indianapolis. Click the rows below to see full area details.

Drop off during operating hours only

  • Irvington: 5625 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219 
  • Glendale: 3660 E 62nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46220 
  • Eagle: 3905 Moller Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254 
  • West Indy: 1216 S Kappes St, Indianapolis, IN 46221 
  • Central: 40 E Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 

Drop off during operating hours only

  • 8850 S Emerson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46237 

Drop off during operating hours only

  • Indianapolis: 320 N. New Jersey, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Carmel: 4755 East 126th Street, Carmel, IN 46033
  • New Palestine: 5802 W. US 52, New Palestine, IN 46163
  • Pendleton: 3015 W. US 36, Pendleton, IN 46064
  • Tipton: 899 E. Jefferson Street, Tipton, IN 46072
  • Elwood: 1515 State Road 37, Elwood, IN 46036
  • Hartford City: 1711 N. Walnut Street, Hartford City, IN 47348
  • Greensburg: 736 W. Main Street, Greensburg, IN 47240
  • Marion: 1013 Forest Avenue, Marion, IN 46952

Cincinnati & Dayton

June 24 – August 9 

Thank you to Furniture Fair and WLWT for hosting drop locations in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas! Check out the drop locations and special events throughout Cincinnati & Dayton areas. Click the rows below to see full area details.

Furniture Fair Locations in Cincinnati
Drop off during operating hours only

  • Eastgate: 4363 Eastgate Square Dr. Eastgate, OH 45245 
  • Fairfield: 7200 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014 
  • Fields Ertel: 9591 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140 
  • Colerain: 8760 Colerain Ave, Northgate, OH 45251 
  • Western Hills: 5744 Harrison Ave, Dent, OH 45248 
  • Florence: 5015 Houston Rd, Florence, KY 41042 
  • Cold Spring: 3710 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076

Furniture Fair Locations in Dayton
Drop off during operating hours only

  • Miamisburg: 8245 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45342 
  • Beavercreek: 2500 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45431 

Wednesday, July 24th ONLY! 5am to 7pm
Furniture Fair
7200 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, OH 45014

Friday, July 19th ONLY! 2pm to 5pm
Furniture Fair Miamisburg
8245 Springboro Pike
Dayton, Ohio 45342


Cleveland

June 24 – August 9

Thank you to VOA Thrift Stores & Donations Centers and Channel 19 for hosting drop locations! Check out the drop locations and special events throughout Greater Cleveland. Click the rows below to see full area details.

Drop off during operating hours only. Find all VOA Thrift locations here.

  • Aurora: 1063 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202
  • Brunswick: 1733 Pearl Road, Brunswick, Ohio 44212 
  • Mansfield: 1280 Park Avenue W, Mansfield, Ohio 44906
  • North Olmsted: 27240 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
  • Willoughby: 35101 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Tuesday, August 6th
Levin Furniture & Mattress
23100 Broadway Avenue | Oakwood Village, Ohio 44146

Wednesday, August 7th
VOA Thrift Store
27240 Lorain Road | North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
Supported by Transdigm

Thursday, August 8th
Levin Furniture & Mattress
1801 Nagel Road | Avon, Ohio 44011

Friday, August 9th
VOA Thrift Store
35101 Euclid Avenue | Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Supported by Tim Misny Law


Columbus

June 24 – August 9

Thank you to VOA Thrift Stores & Donation Centers and Columbus Metropolitan Library for hosting drop locations! Check out the drop locations and special events throughout the Columbus area. Click the rows below to see full area details.

Drop off during operating hours only. Find all VOA Thrift locations here.

  • Gahanna: 5599 N. Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
  • Gahanna Donation: 925 E. Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
  • Grove City: 4026 McDowell Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
  • Henderson: 1800 W. Henderson Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43220 
  • Indianola: 3620 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
  • Pickerington: 909 Old Diley Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
  • Powell: 3442 O’Connell Street, Powell, OH 43065
  • West Broad: 5640 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
  • Whitehall: 3583 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has 23 locations serving Franklin County. Hours vary per location, so make sure to check their website. Drop off during operating hours only.

Find all Library locations here.

Friday, August 9th ONLY! 9am to 3pm
Oswald Companies
353 W. Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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