The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit established the Operation Troopers Have Your BackPack program, to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school.

Troopers are seeking donations to fill each child’s backpack with school supplies.

Troopers assigned to the statewide unit have initiated this program and are working with organizations in their communities to collect and donate school supplies for children in need. Donations can be taken to headquarters in Dover, 1441 N. Dupont Highway, or to any troop statewide. Each troop will have a box in their lobby for supplies to be dropped off for the project. The donations will be collected through Aug. 31, and the donations will be presented for the 2018-19 school year, prior to school starting.

Supplies needed include backpacks, No. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks, washable Crayola crayons 24 count box, large pink erasers, pencil cases, colored pencils, washable markers, loose-leaf wide-ruled paper, highlighters, composition notebooks, three-ring binders, plastic folders with pockets, tissue boxes and hand sanitizer.

For more, call 365-8466 in New Castle County; 698-8520 in Kent and southern New Castle counties; 752-3804 in eastern Sussex County; and 232-3459 in western Sussex County; or visit dsp.delaware.gov.