Local company leverages suppliers to replace stolen backpacks

Posted August 28, 2013

— After Julie Powsner, an employee of AdPro Printing & Promotional Products in Raleigh, saw a report about donated school supplies being stolen from a local charity, she was moved. But Powsner didn't simply write a check.

"Instead of just dropping off a personal donation, I thought I would also try to leverage the help of our vast network of suppliers to multiply our efforts," she said.

Powsner and her AdPro colleagues were able to gather thousands of dollars worth of backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, notebooks and more for Helping Hand Mission. The Wake County charity had lost 65 backpacks full of supplies to theft last week, just before a back-to-school giveaway.

"In all the years I have been in this industry, I have never seen this level of response," Powsner said.

Helping Hand's Sylvia Wiggins called the AdPro donors "angels." 

"We are so grateful to them and everyone else in our community who has come forward to help," she said, noting that other area businesses had also stepped up.


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  • Vote for Pedro Aug 29, 2013

    Nice lady, thanks Julie and to those who stepped up to help.

  • caesarrodney1980 Aug 29, 2013

    So Razor2 has no condemnation for those that stole the backpacks that other people had donated - instead expresses a feeling that the wealthy and the government are to blame? How about saying thank you to those that replaced the stolen items, thank you to those that donated in the first place and thank you to the government for those entitlements that are still in place? I work for a living and have since I was in high school, 30+ years ago. When I got laid off I took a lesser job until I could get a better one, I wasn't too good for any job and was grateful for the blessings I did have. I'm thinking you might be a bit bitter because you were/are collecting entitlements and now you may HAVE to work for a living.

  • kiediss Aug 29, 2013

    Hold onto your checkbooks until Christmas... because any donations the mission gets between now and then will be stolen once again. Seems to be an annual tradition. it's really too bad the needy get caught up in this each year, but something is fishy w/ this charity.

  • thinkb4speak Aug 29, 2013

    razor2 - your comment makes NO SENSE! How is it that someone that worked hard and became wealthy "collected off the eldery disabled and kids programs"? Also, the wealthy donate MORE money to charity than anyone else because they have it to give. And just so there is no confusion here...I am NOT wealthy and I am barely getting by, but I know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth and bad mouth the people that worked hard to get where they are. Just because they have money doesn't make them greedy!

  • razor2 Aug 28, 2013

    Its called trickle effect... Give the wealthy moneys collected
    off the backs off of the elderly disabled and kids programs.
    Added to the stopping unemployment payments and medicare for those
    who need it the most where by making it so people can't afford
    necessary goods to live learn and earn. But then wealthy people
    have a real problem understanding everyday living due to the
    sense of entitlement they have due to their ever growing greed to own everything and leave nothing for anyone else.

  • beaupeep Aug 28, 2013

    Not really sure what the Governor and GA has to do with a kid getting personal school supplies, but...whatever.

    OHHHH, maybe you think the government should provide the basic supplies too. Now I get it.

  • razor2 Aug 28, 2013

    Ty for helping its a real shame that our Governor and his people
    in the General Assembly have and are creating situations that
    would make it so this kind of help was ever needed. Our children
    are our future but the personal profits that are more important
    to the republican government of our state than the well being of
    our elderly disabled and children. Anyway ty for helping out...