Backpack Drive for the Grace Center


If you have one or more spare adult-size backpacks left over from a prior school year and have been wondering what to do with them, wonder no more! The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is partnering with Manchester-Essex Regional High School’s Comfort Cases club to collect gently used or new adult-size backpacks for The Grace Center through March 15.


Parents and students may drop off gently used or new backpacks in a bin outside of the Middle and High School office. Community members without students in the school system may donate through your favorite Rotarian or by emailing


The Grace Center is located at 264 Main Street in Gloucester and offers a safe, free day resource center for people who are homeless and others, including older or disabled adults, isolated community members, and people at high risk of or currently in crisis. 


Comfort Cases is an organization intending to bring dignity and hope to youth in the foster care system through donation drives, volunteering, and awareness. Recently the club has expanded the organization's mission to include organizing clothing, book, and hygiene donation drives for all people in need.

Formed in 1905, Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with over 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. The Manchester-Essex club serves Cape Ann and surrounding communities giving life to the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."


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