Operation Back Pack
Some of the 185 backpacks received by the Montclair Community Operation Backpack Drive during last year’s collection. FILE PHOTO

Operation Backpack is collecting school supplies for children in need this summer through August.

The drive has a goal this year of 200 backpacks and $2,500 in donations. Last year, the drive collected 185 filled backpacks and $2,125 in donations.

This year marks the fourth year that the Montclair Community Operation Backpack drive has taken place. 

Donors may download a packing list of supplies, load them into a new backpack, and drop it off at a designated location. 

Backpacks may be dropped off at the following locations, during the following times:

YMCA of Montclair, Park Street Branch
25 Park St.
Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

YMCA of Montclair, Geyer Branch
159 Glenridge Ave.
Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cornerstone Montclair
198 Bellevue Ave.
Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, and to find a supply list for the backpacks, visit the website and on Facebook – Montclair Community Operation Backpack page or contact Kimya Nilsen at

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