Penquis has partnered with Blueberry Broadcasting and Dunkin Donuts to collect backpacks for children who otherwise would not have one to start the school year.

In these challenging economic times the requests for backpacks has outnumbered the current donations. Penquis is reaching out to individuals, churches, businesses and community partners asking for help in collecting backpacks.

To participate one can donate online at the Penquis website (penquis.org) or drop off the gift of a new backpack at one of the Penquis offices located at: 170 Pleasant St., Rockland; 262 Harlow St., Bangor; 50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft.

All donations are needed by Aug. 20 to be distributed to families in time for school.