Delaware State police launches annual Operation BACKpack Project

The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with school supplies. And, in partnership with DART First State, they are offering a Stuff the Bus collection point on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Rehoboth Walmart from noon to 6 p.m.

Troopers assigned to the statewide Community Outreach Unit have initiated the program and are working with organizations in their communities to collect and donate school supplies for children in need.

Donations can be taken to DSP headquarters in Dover or to any troop statewide by anyone wishing to help. Each troop will have a box in their lobby for supplies to be dropped off for the project. In addition, donation boxes will be stationed at all Delaware State Police Federal Credit Union locations.

The donations will be collected until Friday, Aug. 30, and the donations will be presented for the 2019-2020 school year, prior to school starting.

Supplies needed for the students include backpacks, No. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks, washable Crayola crayons, box of 24, large pink erasers, pencil cases. colored pencils, washable markers, loose-leaf wide-ruled paper, highlighters, composition books three-ring binders, plastic folders with pockets, tissue boxes, and hand sanitizer.

For more information, contact MCpl. Rickey Hargis at or (302) 752-3804.