The Salvation Army's backpack program is essential to many

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The article “Free Backpacks Ease Increasing Costs for Disadvantaged Kids” (Aug. 8) warmed my heart. It shows how Americans reach out to help others who are in need. School supplies rise in cost each year, and many families struggle to buy their children just a backpack.

The Salvation Army spends billions of dollars each year on rehabilitation and other services to help American families. According to the Salvation Army’s financial report for 2012, most of its support is donated by everyday, hard-working Americans. Just as many people volunteer as there are dollars donated to help the ones who need it most.

In hard times the Salvation Army proves that Americans do have a heart full of warmth. Lt. Jonathan Lewis, the pastor and administrator of the Salvation Army in Forest Hills, said, “Not everyone who is in need should have to show it.” I could not agree more with this statement. The Salvation Army does a lot of good with the help of everyday citizens, and this is just one way it does that.



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