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In Diane C. Beaudoin’s article, "Trucks filled with backpacks," of Sept. 14, Ellynmarie Theep discusses a relief effort for Katrina evacuee children called “Project Backpack.” I was in charge of operations for the original Project Backpack collection effort in Bethesda, Md., and I’d like the opportunity to correct misunderstandings that may arise from information in the article.

Project Backpack began and continues to operate in Bethesda, Md., near Washington D.C.

Project Backpack assists satellite backpack collection sites, like Townsend’s, throughout the United States with planning and execution of their projects. We do not supply transportation from satellite locations, but are happy to provide whatever information or expertise we have and are sometimes able to assist locations in consolidating loads for more effective shipping.

I’d like to thank Ms. Theep for her personal action and moral courage in bringing the backpack collection effort to your community. And I applaud your community’s support of and participation in this effort.

There is more to be done and I hope we continue to work together toward relieving the burdens of our neighbors.

SUZI KAPLAN

www.projectbackpack.org

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