By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Operation Backpack running behind

Maria Mihm, one of the coordinators, said 620 students have had their registration for the program confirmed. She said about 150 to 200 more have been relegated to a waiting list, and the program still has new referrals coming in.

Mihm said the organization teamed with local helping organizations to compile a need-based list of students. And she said that part of the process proved very successful.

However, she said donation bins placed around town are looking a lot barer than usual for this time of year. She said the program is now in its stretch drive, so she's hoping to see a big push develop this coming week.

She said Operation Backpack not only welcome donation of school supplies directly, but also of cash or checks that can be put to that purpose. She said its operatives know how to get good deals, and are happy to play the role of buyer.

"We're at a point that we're worried that we're not going to be able to serve as many kids this year," Mihm said. "The look on these kids' faces when they get their backpack and pick out supplies is just priceless. We don't want to disappoint any of them."

Most needed on the Operation Backpack list right now are composition notebooks, 7-inch scissors and Crayola or Prang colored markers and pencils. She said the list can be found

Donation bins have been placed at Bi-Mart, the McMinnville Senior Center, Serendipity, Oregon Stationers, OnPoint Community Credit Union, The Salvation Army, Kramer's Garden Center, McMinnville Cross Fit, Mac Women's Fitness Center and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Cash or check donations may be mailed or hand-delivered to The Salvation Army, 1950 S.W. Second St., or left with Heather Acker at Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, 319 N.E. Fifth St.

For more information, Mihm may be reached at 503-434-2876.


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