Analog Devices helps Limerick parents with back to school costs

Analog Devices team members who took part in Operation Backpack.

75 PRIMARY school children in Limerick were given a little bit of back to school help this week with a community outreach programmed aimed at helping parents with the costs of sending children back to school.

Operation Backpack saw employees from Analog Devices team up with St Vincent de Paul (SVP) to fill backpacks with back to school supplies for over 100 children across Limerick, Cork, and Dublin.

The backpacks were filled with pencil cases, glue, coloured pencils, and exercise books to ensure that children have all the necessary supplies they need for school, as well as helping parents with the costs.

The initiative, organised by Analog’s Community Activities Board (CAB), spearheaded the back-to-school drive by generously donating the backpacks.

Employees across Analog Devices then supported the initiative by donating a variety of back-to-school supplies based on a list provided by SVP.

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Louise McGrath, one of the main organisers of the drive at Analog Devices, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with St Vincent’s de Paul for Operation Backpack. We recognise the financial strain that many families experience during the back-to-school season, and through this initiative we hope to alleviate some of that burden.”

“By equipping these children with the basics they need to excel in school, we aim to make the transition of back-to-school easier for everyone,” she said.

Caroline Manifold, St Vincent’s de Paul, said: “We are very grateful to the team at Analog Devices for this invaluable support. Back-to-school costs are pushing many already-struggling families into spiralling debt.”

“These backpacks help lift a heavy load off the shoulders of parents and make a tangible difference,” she concluded.