Catholic Charities distributes school supply backpacks in Peoria, Bloomington

Megan Gibson holds a backpack designed for an elementary school girl, while her brothers Benjamin (left) and Luke prepare to add paper, notebooks and folders. All three attend St. Patrick School in Washington and Luke earned service hours for confirmation by helping other students get ready for school. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Families who visited the Catholic Charities food pantry in Peoria on Aug. 1 got a pleasant surprise when staff offered them the opportunity to pick up backpacks filled with school supplies for their children and grandchildren. There were 150 backpacks available at the food pantry that day, with another 75 being distributed through the Hispanic […]

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