Thank You for Supporting the Annual Backpack Giveaway Event!

We cannot thank you enough for helping us with our Annual Backpack Giveaway by coming alongside of families this school year. Last week, August 9th, we were able to hand out 532 backpacks to students in the ELANCO School District! Students were able to choose a backpack of their choice from a large selection of styles and colors. There were many happy faces and laughter! Students were also able to get haircuts, free clothing, hot dogs, ice cream, extra supplies, and more! 

Thank you to everyone who donated supplies, backpacks and more to make this possible! We value your partnership to offer help and hope in the community. A list of partners for the event is below! 

A special thank you to ALL the individuals and families who donated financially, donated supplies and volunteered their time.  We could not run our event without you! SEE COMPLETE LIST BELOW!!!

And thank you to the following organization & churches:


Ray Franqui – The Barber Room

Jeremias Plaza-Lopez – The Barber Room

Jolene Nolt – Details Hair Design in Ephrata 

Melissa Garris – Holiday Hair

Krystal Getz – Holiday Hair

Joe Carcamo – Joe’s Barber Shop

Annette Dunlap – Cheryl & Friends Salon & Spa

Shannon Lockman – Home Salon


Denise Strick – Nurse on Duty

Stephanie Petersheim – Nurse on Duty

Kaitlyn Fetter – Nurse on Duty


Alice Irwin – Pre-K Literacy & Transition Specialist/ ELANCO School District

Ocean Smith – Family Development Specialist / Parent as Teachers 

Angela Keen – Domestic Violence Services

Stacy Spangenburg – Milton Hershey Admissions Counselor

Anna D’Agostino – ELANCO Library

Felicia Knowlton – Penn Medicine / Joining Forces for Prevention


Ian & Erika Kanter – Anchored Ministries / Mobile Clothing Closet

Melissa Werner – Anchored Ministries / Mobile Clothing Closet


Brian Rabberman – Fulton Bank (Popcorn & Collection Bin)

Casual Living LLC – Collection Bin

Holiday Hair – Collection Bin

Resonance Audiology – Collection Bin

ELANCO Library – Collection Bin

VAL-CO Company – Collection Bin

ReUzit Shop New Holland – Collection Bin

NovaCare Therapy at Garden Spot Village – Collection Bin

The Black Comb – Backpacks

Iron Mountain – Backpacks & Supplies

Superior Plastic Products – Work Group 

New Holland Business Association – Work Group

CNH – Backpacks & Supplies

Sieger Dental – Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

Berstecher Dental – Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

Unruh Insurance – Backpack & Supplies

Martin’s Flooring – Backpack Supplies

Univest Bank & Trust – Backpack & Supplies


Christian Fellowship Church – Collection Bin

St. John’s UCC – Collection Bin

Bangor Episcopal Church – Backpacks & Supplies

St. Stephen Reformed – Backpacks & Supplies

New Holland Mennonite Church – Backpack & Supplies


Garden Spot Village – Backpacks & Supplies

Shady Maple Farm Market – Backpacks & Supplies 

Watson Run Communities – Backpack & Supplies

Garden Spot Girls’ Soccer Team – Work Group

Hands in Service – Backpacks, Supplies & Services 

ELANCO School District Administrators – Support & Supplies


And a HUGE thank you to the HUNDREDS of individuals who contributed by donating backpacks and supplies, financial gifts, volunteering during SORT Week or at our EVENT, or in prayer!  We could not do it without you all!!!!