A new Hunter charity is asking locals to donate, to put together backpacks and back-to-school kits for children in disadvantaged parts of the region.

The Backpack Venture was established last March in response to concerns that support programs for rural parts of the Hunter weren’t up to scratch with those in the city.

They’re looking for backpacks, lunchboxes, and stationary for students, as well as sanitary items for young girls.

Volunteer Colleen Mulholland says it would be great to see the Hunter add a donation or two to our shopping list.

“We’re asking anyone just to supply anything that you can supply,” Ms Mulholland said.

“It can be a simple ruler, pencil, sharpener, textas, drink bottles, lunch bottles, whatever anyone feels that they can afford to donate.”

The charity are hoping to deliver the backpacks to local principals just before school heads back, with a target of 400 backpacks and 200 emergency kits for girls.

People interested in donating can drop items off at any of the listed locations:

  • Stockland – Centre Management Office
  • Stockland – Centre Management Office
  • Salamander Bay Square – Centre Management Office
  • Maitland Riverside Plaza – Centre Management Office
  • Nova Air and Electrical – 161 Maitland Rd, Tighes Hill
  • Sonia Hornery MP – 67 Nelson St, Wallsend
  • Survivor’s R Us Incorporated – 57 Pendlebury Rd, Cardiff
  • R&R Property – 8 William St, Raymond Terrace
  • Fibonacci Coffee – 29 Rutherford Road, Muswellbrook 
  • Cessnock Plaza Newsagency – Keene St, Cessnock
  • Julz Clothing – Branxton 
  • Fingal Twilight Markets

Ms Mulholland says it’s exciting to see the community rally behind the movement.

“When you hear those type of stories, you know not only us, but the community itself, is making a difference,” Ms Mulholland said.

“And not just a difference to family members, but children, and these people are out future generation.”

Image credit: The Backpack Venture