The Pettengill House, Inc. would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the community for the incredible support we received for our Operation Backpack program! This annual backpack and school supplies drive supports Pettengill’s School Linked Service Program. The goal of this program is to help all children begin the school year prepared and ready to learn. Through generous donations from schools, businesses, organizations, individuals, families and faith communities, we were able to distribute 376 new backpacks to date, filled with school supplies to local children in need. This brings our twelve year total to 4,763 backpacks! We will continue to distribute backpacks on an as-needed basis throughout the school year.

Thank you all for your generosity! In addition to individuals, groups and businesses who donated to this program, there were many locations that agreed to serve as collection sites: Align Credit Union, Amesbury Public Library , The Dance Place, Main Street Congregational Church Amesbury, Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club, Holy Family Parish, St. James Episcopal Church, Star of the Sea Parish, Stone Ridge Properties/Amesbury, Stone Ridge Properties /Newburyport, Unity on the River, and the YWCA of Greater Newburyport. A special thank you to all the bank staff who coordinated the many participating bank branches throughout our local communities at The Institution for Savings Banks, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Banks and The Provident Banks.

We would like to acknowledge and appreciate our dedicated volunteers who donated their time to collect supplies at the above sites, as well as to those who shopped, sorted and assisted with the program in many ways: Charlotte Arivella, Julie Bertram, Betty Breau, Peg Brown, Ann Buerger, Deb Casey, Stephanie and Rachel Conover, Jayne Cousins, Jan Cowan, Sharyn Dahn, Ella and Alana Delisle, Fr. Scott Euvrard, Justine Gearin, The Golden Flakes, Lea Healey, The Newburyport Elks, Karen King, Hailey and Karin Parker, Elizabeth Richard, Lauren Robinson, Nicole Rodriguez, Lauri Scally, Evey St. Hilaire and Deb Welch. Our gratitude also goes to our local libraries, collaborative partners, Rotary Clubs and school partners who were so helpful in providing district wide communication to families and faculty; and to Tony Noon at Amesbury CTV, Sarah Hayden at Port Media, Lance Wisniewski at SCTV, and Win Damon at WNBP Radio for their time and talent.

On behalf of Deborah Smith, Executive Director, as well as our staff, clients and the Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Operation Backpack. The joint support, generosity, and collaboration we received from the community helped so many families! Please view our photo gallery under the EVENTS tab above and look for our program again next summer!


Julie Havey

Program/Volunteer Coordinator