Nothing says end of summer quite like the arrival of notebooks and binders in store aisles once populated by plastic coolers and oversized lemonade jugs. With so many New Yorkers transitioning their children from fun in the sun into the classroom, Manhattan Mini Storage has once again partnered with NYC’s Coalition for the Homeless for Project: Back to School, their annual school supply drive through August 25.

Last year, more than 105,000 NYC school kids experienced homelessness. This year, we are making sure that 4,000 of them are ready for school come September 7th.

All 17 of our Manhattan Mini Storage locations are now drop-off points for brand new, donated school supplies that will be delivered to students from Pre-K through Grade 12. The wish-list starts with a store bought backpack and from there, the sky’s the limit. Glue sticks, rulers, safety scissors, composition notebooks, erasers, and the most needed item of the moment, scientific calculators.

New Yorkers may be all about moving, grooving, and the individual hustle, but when it comes to a community’s good deeds, does any city do it better? The Coalition for the Homeless helps 3,500 homeless and needy New Yorkers a day through its 11 frontline programs, and Project: Back to School is when the Manhattan Mini Storage community gets to join their inspiring team.

“We are beyond thankful to have the Manhattan Mini Storage community continue their years of support with the Coalition and our backpack drive,” says Zuheilly Mieses Talavera, who organizes the drive at the Coalition for The Homeless. “Seeing their volunteers pack and sort the backpacks so we can get them out to shelters before the start of the school year is so inspiring for all of us!”

You know that look of pure joy on a little girl’s face as she skips down the street, her Moana backpack nearly as a big as she is and filled with ALL the good stuff? Or that introverted high school boy who moves with coolness and ease because #newyear #newgear? We want more of that…and all in time for the ringing of the homeroom bell (that would be by August 25 so there is time to pack, sort and get the backpacks into the children’s hands).

“They really do light up. When they open them it is like Christmas. It’s more than just the backpack, it’s all the things that make them feel more at ease and ready for school.” ~Sarah Murphy, Director of Development, Coalition for the Homeless

We can’t do this without your help, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your participation. Whether you are a Manhattan Mini Storage customer or not, please visit one of our 17 locations and drop off a new backpack or other school supplies in the boxes set up in our lobbies. Your one small action this week will change the course of a homeless child’s path for a lifetime. So, about that store school supplies aisle…