Community members who have gently used backpacks or want to purchase one to provide to those in need are asked to drop them off at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

The hospital’s education department is collecting backpacks to distribute during the Project Community Connect & Veteran Stand Down event Oct. 20 at the Pendleton Recreation Center. The annual event provides free information, personal hygiene supplies and other items for those in attendance. However, backpacks are seldom included in the donations, which makes it hard for many participants to keep or carry items from the event, said Jaime Crowell, a community health educator at Good Shepherd Health Care System.

Donations need to be dropped off by Thursday, Oct. 18 at Good Shepherd, 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston. For more information about donations, call the hospital’s eduction department at 541-667-3502. An article about Project Community Connect/Veterans Stand Down will appear in Oct. 17 edition of the Hermiston.

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