OUR BEST CELEBRATION YET!

On August 18, 2018 Merrick hosted its largest Back to School Celebration ever, in serving 1,082 backpacks and school supplies to East Side Saint Paul students for the upcoming school year.

In the months leading up to the event, 102 volunteers contributed 324 total hours of service collecting and organizing backpacks, notebooks, pencils, rulers, glue sticks, crayons, calculators, and more as part of our summer School Supply Drive. 

In addition to receiving backpacks and school supplies, students had the chance to choose from hundreds of donated books and participate in a produce distribution coordinated by Merrick’s Food Shelf. The event also featured engaging STEM activities, collaborative crafts, a Bake Walk, Bounce Houses, Free Haircuts, a Nail Salon, Hygiene and Infant Kits, as well as free snacks and popcorn!

Thank you to everyone who hosted school supply drives, donated items, sorted supplies, assembled backpacks, and volunteered at the Celebration. We couldn’t have done it without you! Best wishes to all for a great school year!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS

  • GREATER TWIN CITIES UNITED WAY
  • SIMON SAYS GIVE
  • KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION
  • PAM & NANCY DIEKMANN
  • XCEL ENERGY – RICE STREET
  • XCEL ENERGY – CORP. SPONSORSHIP & OUTREACH
  • WOODLAND HILLS CHURCH
  • COMCAST BUSINESS
  • HEALTHEAST – ROSELAWN
  • HEALTHEAST – RICE STREET
  • SUNSTREAM BUSINESS SERVICES
  • SAINT PAUL FIRE DEPT.
  • SAINT PAUL POLICE DEPT.
  • INTERNATIONAL PAPER
  • EDMENTUM
  • CUMMINS – SALES & SERVICE
  • BOSTON SCIENTIFIC
  • 3M – TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
  • GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS LUTHERAN CHURCH
  • BEST BUY CORP.
  • HALF PRICE BOOKS – MAPLEWOOD
  • HALF PRICE BOOKS – ROSEVILLE
  • SUNRISE BANKS
  • BELL MUSEUM
  • MNSTEP
  • IMMIGRANT LAW OFFICES OF MN
  • LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS 
  • HOTEL METRO
  • DARION SUTTON
  • CHEERFUL GIVERS
  • COOKIE CART
  • JODY BABER – STATE FARM
  • CHURCH OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 
  • ALLINA HEALTH
  • AGRIBANK

To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page