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Backpack Peoria in Need of Donations

A major sponsor drops out and leaves the initiative without major money.

PEORIA - Backpack Peoria is in need of some help after a major sponsor fell through.

Backpack Peoria is an initiative to provide book bags full of school supplies to the Peoria area youth.

The first year it started, the program gave out thirty backpacks. Just last year, it gave out 3,000. But this year, without one major sponsor, the organization is down nearly $40,000, which means Backpack Peoria is in need of donations.

"Wherever it comes from, it's going to help the poor and the needy of this city that are now relying on their backpacks and their school supplies and their uniforms for going back to school,” Dream Center’s founder John King said.

The event is just two weeks away on July 26, and starting tomorrow, you can visit backpackpeoria.org to donate or get more information.

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