RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) Operation Backpack goes a long way for little Madelyn Margaret.
The program is sponsored by Volunteers of America of Northern Nevada.
For the 2nd year in a row, organizers have collected donated school supplies such as backpack, pencils, and notebooks to help the 3,000 homeless students throughout Washoe County.
Madelyn, her two month old sister and her mother, Ryan are residents at Volunteers of America Family Shelter in Reno.
Ryan says she is grateful for the charity because the donation gives her daughter opportunities she would not have otherwise.
“She's able to have the school supplies and stuff she needs to start school. You know she’s starting a head start this year and when she gets home from school she wants to color pages she got from school. She's able to do the work,” says Ryan.
According to "Washoe County Children in Transition," over the past three years homelessness in Washoe County schools has increased by more than 37 percent.
For children like Madelyn, Operation backpack only puts a dent in their struggles, but her mother says the program gives her daughter the chance at proper education.
“It impacts us a lot because we can't afford stuff like this or anything and in order for us to have it we have to go through Operation Backpack.”
The organization collected 600 backpacks full of school supplies this year to donate to kids in need.
To learn how you can donate to Operation Backpack visit http://www.voa-ncnn.org/.