This non-profit group brings backpacks and school supplies to families in need.

We all grumble about getting the kids ready to head back to school, but many families in Central Ohio don't have the luxury of stressing over whether to buy the 12-pack or the 24-pack of crayons. Thankfully, the Tom Fennessy/Mike Harden Back-to-School Project is there to help.

Since 1998, this volunteer-run, non-profit group has bought backpacks and school supplies and distributed them to families in need. It's named for the two Columbus Dispatch columnists who championed the cause before their deaths.

You, too, can help. The group needs cash donations NOW to meet its annual budget of about $55,000 (which buys and fills more than 8,000 backpacks). For more information and to donate through PayPal or with a credit card, visit