Impacting Our Hometown, One Backpack at a Time

Today’s guest blog comes from Marjorie Craft, a district sales manager at Elanco and the 2015 Lilly United Way chair.

We have seen it for the past few months: Stores stock shelves with all the latest school supplies, and teachers send letters home that tell students what to bring to school. What we don’t often see are the number of students who don’t have the luxury of owning school supplies and the amount of out-of-pocket money their teachers spend to ensure they do.

From July 10 to 20, we collected school uniforms and supplies for students in need through our annual Backpack Attack initiative with the United Way. I am thrilled to say that through this event we, along with 115 other businesses, were able to impact the lives of over 29,000 students in the Indianapolis area. Each student will now be able to have the tools needed to learn and grow.


I am so grateful to work at a place that values the importance of giving, and to work with colleagues who feel the same. It is because of them that we are able to make such an impact. For more information about the United Way and how you can help make a difference, visit



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