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Samaritas 4th Annual Backpack Drive

Starting a new school year can be exciting for some students, but for others it can be stressful.

Samaritas is holding its fourth annual statewide backpack drive to help send kids back to school confident and prepared.

Laura Green, administrator for Samaritas senior living in Williamsburg, said, “Everyone’s had that scary feeling on the first day of school; and this really makes you feel good when you know you’re prepared like everyone else sitting next to you, regardless of whatever’s going on in your life as a child.”

The organization is looking for donations to help pack the backpacks. Items in need include backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, binders, glue sticks, crayons, markers, tissue packets, and other essentials that help students succeed in school.

Packing parties will be held at Samaritas Senior Living facilities later this summer. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Samaritas Detroit Headquarters
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214

Samaritas Grand Rapids
207 E Fulton, 4th Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Community Center Saginaw
3145 Russell Street
Saginaw, MI 48601-4350

Senior Living Bloomfield Hills
6257 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Samaritas Senior Living Traverse City
4354 Mt Hope Rd,
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Foster Care Ann Arbor
3820 Packard Rd. Suite 170 Ann Arbor, MI  48108

Foster Care Metro Detroit
2170 E. Big Beaver Rd. Ste. B , Troy, MI 48083

Foster Care Flint
1024 Professional Dr., Suite A3
Flint, MI  48532

Foster Care Port Huron
312 Superior Mall
Port Huron, MI 48060

Foster Care Grand Rapids
207 E Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Foster Care Benton Harbor
185 E. Main, Suite 405
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Foster Care Jackson
729 W. Michigan Ave. Suite #200
Jackson MI 49201

Foster Care Lansing
1545 Keystone Ave
Lansing, MI 48911

Foster Care Kalamazoo
4341 S. Westnedge Ave. Suite 2000, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

For a list of all Samaritas locations and to learn more about Samaritas visit