Sacramento Republic FC are teaming up with Volunteers of America for the fourth year in a row to collect backpack and school supply donations for homeless and at-risk youth throughout the Sacramento region.
The Backpack Drive will be held this Saturday, Aug. 19 with the help of the Volunteers of America at Papa Murphy's Park prior to Republic FC vs Reno 1868 FC. The match is Back to School Night, presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza.
Fans are encouraged to bring backpacks for donation as well as school supplies to this Saturday's match. Donation bins will be located at the gates of Papa Murphy's Park and there will be volunteers helping fans drop off their donations.
The donations will benefit children from pre-K to 12th grade. Fans are encouraged to buy a backpack and fill it with items found on the Operation Backpack school supply lists found below. Sample items include pencils, three-ring binders, crayons, etc. Fans who wish to receive a receipt of their donation may fill out the supply list and place it inside of the backpack(s) they donate.
Every year Operation Backpack provides thousands of backpacks, school supplies and a variety of support services to underserved and homeless children throughout the Greater Sacramento Area.
Tickets to Saturday’s match are still available at Ticketmaster.com and there will be at least 100 tickets available on the day of the match for walkup purchase. Kickoff is 8 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW31 and streamed online at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and on the USL Match Center.