Backpack drive hosted by COhatch going strong

Team up with COhatch – The Market and Caliber Home Loans to help support military families right here in our area.

The teams at Caliber Home Loans and COhatch are working together to support Operation Homefront’s annual Back to School Brigade.

For the entire month of June, anyone can donate a new-with-tags backpack to the cause. The backpacks will be given to Wright Patterson Air Force Base to distribute to local military families.

“We tried to pick back-to-school items from their list that was a little more expensive that maybe is harder to collect,” says Rachel Erie, community manager for COhatch. “We wanted to be able to help support their goal of helping to save families money by not having to buy these backpacks themselves.”

Erie says before the backpacks are distributed they’ll be stuffed by the organization with a variety of school supplies.

The original goal was to collect at least 300 backpacks, but after reaching that goal, Erie says they’re determined to keep collecting to get the number even higher.

Anyone can donate a backpack by simply dropping it in the black bin against the wall opposite The Market Bar inside COhatch.

When someone donates a backpack, they can also fill out a slip at the drop-off location with their name, email and phone number. This will enter them for a variety of prizes available from local businesses.

Prizes include:Winners will be drawn on July 7 and announced on the COhatch Facebook page.
Erie says COhatch is dedicated to supporting non-profits, especially those organizations near and dear to members' hearts.

“I encourage members, or anyone in the community for that matter, to bring to our attention organizations we can help support in this way,” Erie says. “For us, we are a for-profit business, but the whole concept of COhatch is to positively impact the community around us, and this is one way we can do that.”
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