Operation Backpack 2018 was a BIG success! 

As the fourteenth year of our Operation Backpack program comes to a close, The Pettengill House, Inc. would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming support we received for the program this year. This annual backpack and school supply drive supports Pettengill’s School Linked Service program, and the goal of the drive is to help every student in need start the school year ready to learn. This year, as a result of the incredible generosity of many individuals, businesses, and community organizations, we were able to distribute 400 new backpacks filled with school supplies to local students in need. This brings our fourteen year total to 5,692 backpacks! There were many smiles, hugs, and even some tears as we distributed backpacks and supplies to families in need during the last two weeks in August. We will continue to distribute on an as-needed basis throughout the school year.

The Pettengill House, Inc. is grateful for the continual support we receive from the community to help families in need. In addition to the many people who donated to this program, we would like to express our gratitude to the locations that signed up to serve as public donation collection sites: Align Credit Union, Amesbury Public Library , Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency, Coldwell Banker, Eclipx Salon, Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors, Holy Family Parish, The Institution for Savings Bank, Main Street Congregational Church Amesbury, Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Northshore Realty Group, The Provident Bank, ReMax by the River, Salisbury Public Library, St. James Episcopal Church, Star of the Sea Church, Stone Ridge Properties of Amesbury, Suchecki Chiropractic, Unity on the River, and William Raveis. A special thank you goes out to all the individual staff members who coordinated the participation of the above donation sites.

We would also like to acknowledge the dedicated individuals who volunteered their time to do donation pick-ups and drop-offs, shop for supplies, sort and organize, distribute, coordinate donations, and assist with the program in a multitude of ways: Lisa Antolick, Patrick Barry, Tricia Buckley, Colleen Carbone, Valentina Cecchi, Maria Chanin, Maria Correa, Janice Cowan, Susan Desmond, Dottie Fair, Stacey and Haley Gordon, Lea Healey, Rick Hydren, Cheryl Jones, Gene Landis, Greta Lindberg, Coleen Magowan, Pat Mayo, Billie McLane, Janice Meinelt, Nikki Meisenheimer, Florence Mungillo, Emily Nash, Natalie Riley, Nicole Rodriguez, Beth Sayre-Scibona, Sara Spaulding, Shannon Spiliotis, Chaitra Stadig, Evelyn St. Hilaire, Sue Sweet, Cathy Toomey, Deb Welch, and Linda Young.

Our sincere appreciation also goes to the following organizations and businesses who volunteered time and resources, donated backpacks and supplies, and/or collected donations internally: Coastal Connections, Darling Consulting Group, Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club, Home Health VNA, Imarc, JanSport (with special thanks to Cindy Kraeber), Kiwanis of Greater Amesbury, The Newburyport Elks, The Rotary Clubs of Amesbury and Newburyport, and The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank volunteer team. Special thanks also to Newburyport.com, The Newburyport Daily News, Pennies for Poverty, and the Town Villager for assisting with community outreach, as well as our local school partners who spread the word among students, families, and faculty.

On behalf of Deborah Smith, Executive Director, as well as our staff, clients, and the Board of Directors at The Pettengill House, Inc., I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Operation Backpack. The outpouring of support and generosity we received from the community made this year’s drive a wonderful success, and had a positive impact on many local families in need.


Sierra Partlan

Program Coordinator

The Pettengill House, Inc.