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Helping to ease the sting of back to school shopping expenses, West40 and our partners at Morton College held the annual Backpack Giveback & Resource Fair on August 12 at Morton College.

Approximately 1,100 backpacks stocked with school supplies were distributed during the event, which was attended by students and their families from across West Cook County. Additionally, 37 vendors had booths at the event and provided resource information.

“This year’s Backpack Giveback and Resource Fair was a success,” said West40 director of support services John Milosovic. “ West40 loves to help our community neighbors get ready for the new school year and we want to thank our sponsors and our partners at Morton College.”

Funding for the event came from six main donors and grant money.

The event also received media attention and stories aired on NBC Chicago and Telemundo Chicago.

The remaining backpacks from a total of 3,000 will be distributed to other backpack events, school districts, and organizations.

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