- Associated Press - Saturday, August 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Salvation Army and Omaha television station KETV are again distributing new school supplies to needy kids.

Since 1998, the Back to School backpack program has provided thousands of children with backpacks, school supplies and free school health checks at locations across the Omaha metro area.

The Salvation Army and KETV began distributing new backpacks and school supplies on Friday and will continue on Saturday at various locations across Omaha and in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Supplies are being collected through Wednesday. New backpacks, pencils, pens, theme paper, rulers, glue, hand sanitizers, reusable water bottles and erasers can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center, any Methodist Health System clinic or hospital, Brakes Plus and Fun Plex Waterpark & Rides.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.GiveSalvationArmy.org.

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