Operation Backpack is underway in the Lowcountry

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Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school supplies, and the United Way of the Lowcountry wants to help remove that burden for local families in need.

United Way of the Lowcountry is collecting school supplies and donations as part of Operation Backpack, an initiative of United Way of the Lowcountry Women United that provides local students in need with backpacks full of school supplies and uniform shirts to start school.   

Women United works with school social workers to identify students in need who are not served by another agency to help fill the gap. Operation Backpack provided school supplies and uniform shirts to more than 600 students last school year throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties. This year, the program is expanding to help nearly 1,000 local students.  


Women United is collecting the following school supplies, as well as monetary donations and Walmart gift cards. School supplies can be dropped off at United Way of the Lowcountry offices in Beaufort and Bluffton as well as various locations listed below throughout the Lowcountry.  The list of school supplies needed includes:

  • Pocket Folders (2 pockets)
  • Crayola Washable Markers
  • #2 Pencils (box of 12 count)
  • Ruler (12 inch, clear if possible)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Composition Notebooks (marble)
  • Index cards
  • Highlighter (Yellow)
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Box of Facial Tissue
  • Crayons (24 count)
  • Filler Paper
  • Zipper-Seal Quart and Gallon Bags
  • Wet Wipes
  • Roll of Paper Towels 
  • Gift Cards (Walmart)

Monetary donations and gift cards will be used to purchase size-specific school uniform shirts and additional school supplies.  Monetary donations can be made online at www.uwlowcountry.org or by texting BACKPACK2018 to 71777. Checks should be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry with “Operation Backpack” in the memo.

Gift cards and checks should be mailed to:

United Way of the Lowcountry  
P.O. Box 202 
Beaufort, SC  29901

Donation boxes have been placed at various locations throughout the Lowcountry including:  


One Blood – 1001 Boundary Street, Suite A

United Way of the Lowcountry Office – 1277 Ribaut Road


United Way of the Lowcountry Office – 10 Buckingham Plantation Dr. Suite D

Synovus Bank – 3 Belfair Village Drive

Hilton Head Island 

Synovus Bank – 210 Central Avenue

Lady’s Island

CBC National Bank – 36 Sea Island 



Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer 

Authority – 6 Snake Road

Port Royal

CBC National Bank – 1700 Ribaut Road

Merry Maids – 860 Parris Island Gateway (BiLo Shopping Center)

YMCA – 1801 Richmond Avenue

Jasper County

Kim Malphrus Realty – 2789 N Okatie Highway (Ridgeland)

South State Bank -10671 S Jacob Smart Blvd (Ridgeland)

South State Bank – 21979 Whyte Hardee Blvd (Hardeeville)

For more information visit www.uwlowcountry.org or call 843-982-3040.  

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