Northborough drive fills 125 backpacks

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The Northborough Moms & Tots backpack packing team includes (l to r) Liz Nolan, Lisa Scalone, Pam Hodge and Jennifer Swank.

Northborough – The Northborough Moms & Tots and Northborough Helping Hands Association Inc.'s Fourth Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive was a success for the 2011-2012 school year. The effort met its goal to fill 125 backpacks, which benefited students in need in the Northborough Public Schools.

Liz Nolan, representing Northborough Moms & Tots, attributed the drive's success to outstanding community support. She is also grateful to the following businesses, organizations and individuals whose donations and support helped make the Backpack Drive possible:
Businesses/Organizations: Jennifer MacNeil Photography, St. Rose of Lima, Northborough Chiropractic Center, Westborough Target, Northborough House of Pizza, Northboro Junior Woman's Club, Children's Dentistry of Northborough, Reach Out for Schools, Central One Federal Credit Union, Hodge Associates Inc., Vanessa Brown of Thirty-One Gifts, and Lori Hodgins Brazell of Barefoot Books.

Individuals: the Boeckeler family, the Borden family, Nancy Boren and Gary Alperson, the Capes family, Theresa Capobianco and Richard Novitch, Edward and Patricia Cumming, Stephen and Margaret Degon, Alexandra Fleischman, the Foster family, the Garron family, Bernard and Elizabeth Goldsmith, Lisa Graham, the Guarino family, Christine Huggins, the Keene family, the Kent family, the Koose-Midgley family, the McDuffee family, the Murray family, Diana Nicklaus and John Garton, the Nolan family, Denise Powley, the Rank family, Jodi Reale, the Rice family, the Roberts family, Ron and Marcia Roman, the Rutan family, the Staunton family, the Stevens family, the Tucker family, and the Walsh family.

According to Nolan, other support came from the members of the Northborough Moms & Tots and Northborough Helping Hands, along with community members who participated in fund-raisers, including the Easter Cookie Tray sale, Barefoot Books sale, Thirty-One Gifts sale, and mini photo shoots by Jennifer MacNeil Photography, and those individuals who contributed monetary donations or school supplies, and who volunteered their time to shop for supplies, fill the backpacks and deliver the backpacks to the individual schools.

In addition to teaming up with Northborough Moms & Tots for the Backpack Drive, Northborough Helping Hands Association Inc. has a medical equipment loan program, holiday outreach program and emergency funds to help those in need. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 383, Northborough, MA 01532.

For more information on Northborough Moms & Tots, visit the website www.northboroughmoms.bravehost.com/ or send e-mail to Liz Nolan at [email protected].