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Salvation Army kicks off Backpacks for Kids campaign this weekend

The Salvation Army kicks off the annual Backpacks 4 Kids school supply drive this weekend. 

Last year the Salvation Army was able to hand out more than 5,550 backpacks all filled with age appropriate school supplies. The money for that effort gets raised at the Brick and Mortar Cenex Zip Trip Stores, usually just a dollar at a time.

"It's been tremendously successful since 2010 which was the first year," said Steve Hasse, the General Manager of Centex Zip Trip stores. 

Hasse knows its his employees that make the difference every year. In 2016 they raised around $46,000 for the campaign.

"We appreciate all the customers coming in and donating that dollar or more to help out the kids in collaboration with Cenex Zip Trip it has been a great campaign and the Salvation army," said Hasse. 

After your donations are collected at Cenex Zip Trip stores, the backpacks are purchased, filled with supplies and distributed in August.

Last year, we talked to parents who have multiple children in school and they said the Backpacks for Kids campaign is a life saver.

"Bills add up. Not only do you have the clothes but high schoolers cost more than elementary kids," said one local mom. 

The campaign starts Saturday and runs through mid-August, right up to back-to-school time.

When you donate a dollar at any Cenez Zip Trip store, you get a free 20 ounce soda or 16 ounce coffee.

The Salvation Army is always looking for community partners to donate supplies, time and money.