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Volunteers handing out ‘Backpacks of Hope’ at Rescue Mission

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne family has turned a tragedy into a blessing for people in need.

Friday marks the 7th annual delivery of Backpacks of Hope at the Rescue Mission, which is a program that helps out the homeless community.

Shelley Septer, the mother of the late John “Zachery” Septer, started the program as a way to continue her son’s legacy of caring for people.

More than 700 backpacks filled with essentials like hats, gloves, socks, blankets and hygiene items will be handed out to anyone in need Friday at the Rescue mission from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The support of the community, churches and businesses makes it possible for the event to happen every year.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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