The New Canaan Human Services Department was busy this week packing their backpacks. All summer, parents and girls from National Charity League Canaan Parish and New Canaan Chapters have been dropping off new backpacks for residents who need some help getting started with the new school year.

The Human Services Department also connected with the Salvation Army who provided funding for new backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and more. It's because of the help of the Salvation Army, National Charity League and individual donors that the Human Services Department is able to meet this critical need every year.

"We are lucky to have such a supportive community," said Tony Phillips, Coordinator of Family and Youth Services for the town. "Our residents really come through when they are needed."

This is Phillips' sixth summer filling backpacks, and he described how the need for assistance has increased significantly over the last several years. He said the Human Services Department collected, filled and will hand out more than 50 stocked backpacks and gift certificates for shoes to residents in the coming weeks.

This is one of the ways the town of New Canaan and its residents support their neighbors in need.

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