Dana Point Times

Saddleback Church in San Clemente is asking for the community’s help in filling 800 backpacks with school supplies for students from Camp Pendleton-based U.S. Marine Corps families.

Items collected during Operation Backpack will be handed out at the Bounce Back to School party held at San Onofre Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 5. That event will feature inflatables, carnival games, music and food. The organization’s goal is to collect items for each student at the school.

A backpack can be purchased for $25 at Saddleback Church, located at 1311 Calle Batido, any Sunday through July 27. The cost includes a reusable water bottle, lunch bag and funds to support the back-to-school event. To learn more, visit www.saddleback.com/sanclemente.

The church has a close connection to the area’s military community through a specialized ministry. In addition to the backpack drive, the church also hosts baby showers, barbecues, beach parties and other events for families stationed at Camp Pendleton.

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