Vermont students prepare backpacks for children fleeing Ukraine

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Hundreds of backpacks are going to children in Ukraine thanks to college students in Vermont.

Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington has partnered with a national organization called Operation Backpack4Kids.

A group of airline pilots collect the bags and airlift them to a refugee center in Cologne, Germany.

The community donated backpacks and essentials like blankets, socks and underwear.

Tuttle’s peer leaders prepared the bags for takeoff.

“It’s good to know how many backpacks we collected and how many people helped us collect 247 backpacks and donate and take their time to bring them to school,” Privany Soungha said. , a ninth-grade student.

The initiative has just ended after two weeks. Other communities have also supported the effort such as Mt. Abe Middle and High School, WiIliston Central School, Berkshire Elementary School and Davis Community School.

“I think it’s important for our community to be recognized as people who help and give back to others because we are blessed to do so,” said Ally LeDuc, an eighth grader.

A local pilot puts these backpacks in good hands.

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