MANCHESTER, CT — The Manchester Human Services Department is accepting donations of backpacks and school supplies for the 2019-20 school year.

Supplies will be distributed to eligible families before the start of the school year. To qualify, families must reside in Manchester, receive state assistance and meet the program's income guidelines.

New items for children 5 through 17 are being collected. Donors can fill a backpack or donate individual items.

Rolling backpacks are prohibited and, because of potential allergies, donors are asked not to include food items in stuffed backpacks.

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