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Bruins Foundation Backs Backpack-a-thon

by Hannah Goldman / Boston Bruins
Mayor Thomas Menino and the Bruins Foundation's Bob Sweeney (photo: Beth Anthony)


Boston, MA --
On Friday, August 15th, members of the B’s office staff joined the Boston Bruins Foundation for the Cradles to Crayons Backpack-a-thon.

The Bruins and 600+ volunteers from various organizations in and around Boston enjoyed a summer morning outdoors as they filled thousands of backpacks with school supplies in front of Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

All of the volunteers had joined up with the Mayor’s Office to help supply homeless and low-income grade schoolers with the tools necessary to begin and carry out their education within the Boston public school system.

Trucks filled with boxes of all the things necessary for a successful back to school experience were emptied, unpacked and the volunteers worked on the assembly lines to help fill the backpacks.

Thanks to generous sponsorship, over 20,000 children will now have a backpack and within that group, one thousand of those school children are going to Countdown to Kindergarten, which is an organization that helps kids get ready for their first day. 

Lynn Margherio, the founder of Cradles to Crayons, thanked the various sponsors, including the Boston Bruins, for their donation and time.

“The Bruins have been really instrumental in helping out with this,” said Denise Snyder, the executive director of Countdown to Kindergarten. “It is their second year sponsoring this type of work.

“They do everything from financial support to coming out here, and you will see some of them on the assembly line today.”

Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development, Bob Sweeney, worked alongside Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and 30 other members of the off-ice Black & Gold also took time out of their day to help out with the cause.

As one of their grant recipients, Cradles to Crayons received a $25,000 donation from the Bruins Foundation. Previously, the Cradles to Crayons organization had also been the recipient of the Wives’ Carnivale and its $100,000 in donations.

Boston’s Mayor Menino spoke of the importance of events like the Backpack-a-thon.
“It is always great to have this event on City Hall Plaza, with so many volunteers,” he said. “It helps make the school year start off on the right note.

“And now 20,000 children will have their backpacks and the materials they need to start school in a couple of weeks.”
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