Help needed for "Pack a Backpack" campaign to support tornado victims

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Prattville area residents have not forgotten the outpouring of support that they received when the 2008 tornado ripped through east Prattville. Local schools were instrumental in helping students cope with the disaster that left many homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.  Educators played a vital role in helping children adjust to the changes in their lives.

In an effort to help the victims of the April, 2011 tornadoes, a group of Prattville educators and interested parents have organized the "Pack a Backpack" campaign with the goal of collecting 250 backpacks filled with supplies for students affected by tornadoes in Autauga County and in Hackleburg, AL.

The website lists complete details about the "Pack a Backpack" campaign.  Interested parties can make a financial contribution, donate filled backpacks, or donate school supplies. Prattville Christian Academy has partnered with Families for Him so that tax deductible donations can be given to support the cause.

  • Financial Contributions - Mail checks payable to Prattville Christian Academy with the designation "Pack a Backpack"  to 322 Old Farm Lane, Prattville, AL 36066
  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade Backpack:  plastic pencil box, crayons, markers, pink erasers, hand held pencil sharpener, scissors, glue bottle, glue sticks, plastic folders (red, yellow, green), 1 ½ inch binders, construction paper, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper,  spiral notebooks, and copy paper.
  • 4th – 6th grade Backpack:  includes the items for the K-3rd supply then adds a calculator, composition notebooks, folders with 3 holes and pockets, and a protractor.
  • Supply donations of any size are being accepted in Prattville at Blessings, Daniel Pratt Elementary School, First Baptist Church, Prattville Christian Academy and the Turtle Shell.

The outpouring of support from the Prattville area from public schools, private schools, area churches and businesses as well as, local citizens has been very encouraging.  In order to meet the goal of providing 250 backpacks, however, help is needed.  Organizers urge all those interested to make a contribution or donate supplies today.