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Farmer City is gearing up for its monthly Backpack program.

The mission of the Backpack Program is to fill as many backpacks as possible with various snacks and other items for children throughout the community. According to Silvia Comfort, the volunteer coordinator of RSVP and Faith in Action, the more volunteers they  get, the better.

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Farmer City's Backpack program is different from Clinton's program because families can actually sign up for the bags. According to Comfort, the recent economics issued have created a large need for this type of program and many from the area are thankful for it.

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Many of the volunteer opportunites Comfort has available do not take a lot of time. She says anyone with just a couple hours a week or an hour a month can make a big difference in taking time out to volunteer.

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The program has been so well recieved, it even got a mention on The Oprah Winfrey Show last year. The next packing event is this Wednesday, October 12 at 1 pm in the Agriculture Room at Blue Ridge High School. For more information on this program as well as other volunteer opportunities, you can contact Silvia Comfort at 935-2241.

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