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Backpack and school supplies drive

Backpack and School Supplies Drive


Donate backpacks (new or gently used) and school supplies to help local children prepare for the school year. Items will be distributed at the annual Mary Nelson Youth Day BBQ on August 17, 2019.

Help support the award-winning charitable work of Upstate employee Mary Nelson.


July 15 - August 2




Collection box locations:

  • Academic Building — 1st and 2nd floor lobbies
  • Cancer Center — 1st floor lobby
  • Child Care Center, 650 South Salina St.
  • Community Campus hospital — 1st floor lobby
  • EM-STAT, 550 East Genesee St., rm. 200E
  • Financial Services, Galleries, 447 South Salina St., 4th floor breakroom
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Jacobsen Hall, main lobby
  • Joslin Diabetes Center, 3229 East Genesee St.
  • Marketing, 250 Harrison St., 4th floor
  • Mary Nelson’s Youth Center, 2849 South Salina St.
  • Orthopedics, 6620 Fly Rd., Suites 100 and 200
  • Silverman Hall, main lobby
  • Specialty Services at Harrison Center (550), main lobby
  • Weiskotten Hall, main lobby


Youth Day BBQ

Saturday, August 17, 2019
11 am to 6 pm
Corner of South Salina St. and Wood Ave. in Syracuse


 Volunteers Needed

To volunteer at the Youth Day BBQ, contact Mary Nelson's Youth Center at 315-422-2761. 

 If you are volunteering and need a Team Upstate shirt please contact: pescir@upstate.edu  with your shirt size.

For more information

Call Mary Nelson at 315.422.2761 or visit Youth Day BBQ. 

Mary's message: "Stay in school! They have a world of possibilities, and it has to start with education."