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Released 30 July 2013

 Hundreds of Children to Receive Backpacks and School Supplies at The Salvation Army

"Project Backpack" is Made Possible by the Generosity of Huntington Bank

Cincinnati, OH (July 30, 2013) -The Salvation Army in Cincinnati announced today that hundreds of backpacks, along with school supplies, will be distributed to local children.  The program, called "Project Backpack," is made possible by the generous support and coordination of Huntington Bank.  The distribution will take place at area Salvation Army centers located in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  Items distributed include backpacks and school supplies, including essentials such as notebooks, folders, markers and pencils.

This is the fifth straight year that Huntington Bank has made "Project Backpack" possible. "We are continually grateful to Huntington Bank for their generosity in making Project Backpack a reality year-after-year," expressed Major Faith Miller, Divisional Program Secretary at The Salvation Army.  "We continue to see an increased need for essential school supplies among the families we serve, so this program is a hands-on way to serve these children," continued Major Miller.

"Each year with the help of friends and neighbors across the community, outstanding organizations like the Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati make it a little easier for budget-challenged families to send their children back to school fully equipped to learn," stated Mark Reitzes, Huntington Bank Southern Ohio-Kentucky region president. "We're happy to lend a hand to Salvation Army-served families again this year." This year, Huntington is providing 240 backpacks to The Salvation Army. 

Project Backpack is a wonderful complement to the youth development programs offered by The Salvation Army, which implements After-School programs at all six (6) of its community centers throughout Greater Cincinnati.  Project Backpack is part of a larger overall effort implemented by Huntington to support the communities they serve.

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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. On the national level, about 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to, or follow us at

About Huntington:
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington's six-state retail banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 725 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,400 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state retail banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobile financing for dealer customers.

The Huntington National Bank, Member FDIC. The logo mark and Huntington® are federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


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