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Chamber Partners with Local Business to Support Operation Backpack

For the third year, Robertson Packaging Supply, Inc., stepped up to support Operation Backpack, a McDowell County Schools project.  Owners Brandon and Sarah Whitson were excited to once again partner with the Chamber and impact the local school-aged children and classrooms.  The team at RPSI worked diligently with Melanie Duncan, project coordinator, to identify and locate hard-to-find items.  On Tuesday, August 3rd, RPSI delivered $1,211 in supplies to McDowell County Schools, including 144 toothbrushes and 240 toothpastes for students.  The McDowell Chamber provided RPSI with a $500 donation.     

The goal of Operation Backpack is to provide all K-12 underprivileged children in McDowell County Public Schools with a new backpack and school supplies.  Although the majority of the supplies are usually distributed during the few weeks prior to school starting, students are supplied year-round as needed.  


If you are interested in getting involved, donations are accepted year round.  Checks should be written and mailed to:

The Endowment Fund
re: Operation Backpack
334 S. Main St.
Marion, NC 28752

For more information about this project, please call Melanie Dunham at 828-652-4535 x 106 or email her at

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