Northborough drive collects 81 backpacks for students


Northborough – Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc. (NHHA) recently assisted 81 Northborough public school students in grades K-12 to start the school year with new backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies as part of its 12th annual Backpack Drive.

The drive is 100-percent funded by community donations each year.

Backpack Drive Coordinators Cheryl Cerny, Nicole Green and Liz Nolan appreciate the continued support of the community, which makes the program possible.

The generosity of the following businesses, organizations and individuals helped the goal of the Drive to be met for the 2019-2020 school year:

Business & Organization Sponsors:  Avidia Bank, Central One Federal Credit Union, Children’s Dentistry of Northborough, Core Connections LLC, Flaherty Physical Therapy, Hays Funeral Home, Hodge Associates, Inc., Jennifer MacNeil Photography, Kathleen’s Hair Kreations, Main Street Bank, Michael Durkin Realtors, Northboro House of Pizza, PYOP Studio, Sawyers Bowladrome Inc., Saint Rose of Lima, and Target – Marlborough.

Individual Sponsors: Nancy Brigham, Heather Capes, Katie Cerrone, Nadia Clifford, Randy and Pat Cumming, Dawn Divitto, Sandra and Justin Eckelman, Laura Ellis, Thomas Fuller, Julie Furlo, L & F Gaviglia, Lorraine Hagen, Leslie Harrison, Lorna Helms, Lisa Hodge, Neeta Karanjkar, Meredith Kent, Jon and Colleen Lupien, Bonnie and Brad Newman, Selvi Oyola, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Page, Sara Paquette, Marcia Roman, Leslie Rutan, Christa Santella, Diane Savarese, Amy Staunton, Erin Tagliaferri, Robert J. “Chief Joseph” Terkanian, Jessica Tesell, Kair Tucker, Leigh Welch, Nikki Wittman and Kristen Wixted.

NHHA is volunteer-run nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with town agencies to help Northborough families in need. In addition to the Backpack Drive, NHHA has a medical equipment loan program, holiday outreach program and emergency funds. Additional information can be found at