Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. (You’ve Got Mail, 1998)
There’s something about that moment in the late days of August in New York when the seasons begin to change, the waning days of summer giving their last warm hurrah as the hot, damp air surrenders to a brisk, cool breeze that cools the evening. Tourist crowds ebb and are replaced by bustling groups of schoolchildren, walking in clusters or accompanied by their parents hand in hand to school doors. This is the beginning of fall in New York.
With Labor Day fast approaching, our New York office wanted to do something special to give back to the community, something that would allow us to come together as an office and contribute something special to our city before fall began. When one of our employees mentioned Operation Backpack, which allows donors to assemble backpacks full of school supplies for needy New York kids, we knew it was an instant fit.
Employees throughout the Horn Group office brought in reams of paper, boxes of pencils, scientific calculators and more, and set to filling four backpacks to the brim with brand new school supplies for a student who couldn’t afford these necessities themselves. Operation Backpack designates four different age ranges of recipients to choose from, and when we heard that the high schoolers had the most need for supplies the decision was made. High school is a tough enough time—cliques! awkwardness! pimples! –and we figured if we could ease the burden by helping these kids be well-prepared for class, it might help them be better prepared for their day.
Once the backpacks were finally assembled, it was off to the Operation Backpack headquarters office where they would be distributed to their designated student. Admittedly, it almost felt like sending a child off to school when we dropped off our bags, but it was so exciting knowing our shiny and new packs would shortly meet their new owners, ready to embark on a full school year’s adventure.
It was such a treat working with Operation Backpack, and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work organizing all these donations and for providing our office the opportunity to give so specifically to our community.