Backpack To School Contest

August 23rd, 2013

Back To School Time is right around the corner!  Over the next few weeks, families all over the listening area will be heading out on Back To School shopping trips.  We encourage you to nominate a family that you know who could use some help with those expenses this year.  It’s WJTL’s “Backpack To School” contest, underwritten by 1-800-GOT-JUNK!  They offer full-service junk removal for your home or business.


Email SchoolContest@WJTL.com and tell us your name and address.  Also include the name, kids’ ages or grades, city and phone number or email address of the family you would like to nominate for our contest.  Entries must be received by Noon on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

We’ll choose winners randomly and announce them Fridays on the Get Up & Go Show throughout the month of August.  (Winners will be contacted before their name is mentioned on the radio.)  Each winner will receive a backpack with some school supplies and a $200 Visa giftcard to help with Back To School expenses.


*You may nominate your own family.

*ONLY ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD!!!  Make sure your email contains all required information before sending it!

*Comments left on this blog DO NOT count as entries into this contest!


  1. Bonnie
    August 5th, 2013 at 18:44 | #1

    I nominate my sons family for the backpack giveaway. He has always been a hard worker and when her was laid off 2 years ago it was quite a blow. He and his family barely survived the nine months on unemployment and were thankful when he got a job 1 1/2 hours away. He worked for 9 months making alot less than before. (In fact, it about the same as being on unemployment.) Still they pushed trough. Then he was laid off again and promptly got hired at another job. Unfortunately, he only had that job for 2 months and was let go without any unemployment benefits. They have now been without any income for 2 1/2 months and he is still looking for a job. They have used up all our savings, all our retirement and gone deeply into debt. Still, they are trusting God for their daily survival and hope that soon he sill be working again.

  2. Bonnie
    August 5th, 2013 at 18:50 | #2

    oops. I guess I put the nomination in the wrong place. I will email you.

  3. richard welch
    August 8th, 2013 at 12:58 | #3

    i nominate my daughter bethany kline she is a single mom with 3 boys she works very hard to try to make a living which is hard with her arthritic knees she almost always in pain. she has a hard time trying to make ends meet.her boys need new backpacks

  4. Bernice Hall
    August 9th, 2013 at 18:48 | #4

    wjtl I did email my nominee to you 🙂

  5. Jeff Snyder
    August 10th, 2013 at 18:15 | #5

    I am a single father of 3 teenage children who are in school. I get no support from their mother so it extremely tough. Our family has gone through a lot the past 3 years my youngest Alexis was diagnosed with cancer, the family break up because of a divorce and finically devastated now in the process of bankruptcy. In the past couple months I am seeing God’s hand in all this it has brought me closer to Him and our family has made it through one struggle after another. God has gotten us through a lot. We don’t have extra but we have love, laughter and each other. Thank you.

  6. August 11th, 2013 at 20:38 | #6

    I am in need of school supplies.

  7. Kelsey Trout
    August 16th, 2013 at 22:49 | #7

    I would like to nominate my mom. She works really hard to provide for me. She was out of work for over a year. Then she had a job for 4months then they decide to lay her off. We don’t receive any support. MY dad was very abusive towards my mom both mental and verbally abusive. She isn’t receiving any unemployment either. I dont know when and how were going to back to school shopping. I really need new shoes. All my shoes have holes in them. I don’t want to say anything because she will get depressed and start to cry. I’ll be in eleventh grade this year. At Hempfield High School.
    Our address is 5999 Sundra Circle
    East Petersburg PA 17520 569-9830

    Thank You

    Thank You.

  8. Martha Diem
    August 18th, 2013 at 15:27 | #8

    I would like to nominate Butch and Anita Prokay (from our church,they also went to high school with my husband),they have 2 special needs sons and would be delighted to be chosen as they have many financial burdens that many of us don’t have! Thanks!

  9. Jim Shuman
    August 19th, 2013 at 12:33 | #9

    I would like to nominate Ekaterina (Katya) Lyndia a 14 year old Russian student who will be living with us during the next school year and will be attending 8th grade at Lancaster Mennonite School. Thank you!

  10. Andrea Michener
    August 19th, 2013 at 13:09 | #10

    I love this contest. Who ever the Lord wills wins.I pray its the most in need. God bless y’all.

  11. Coleen Hunt
    August 26th, 2013 at 17:19 | #11

    I would like to enter Monica a friend from York, Pa. See is a single mother of 5 children, 3 are school age. Their ages are 14, 10, and 7 years of age. the other 2 children are 3 years and the youngest is 1 year old. She has 9 brain aneurysms and has seizures all the time. She could really use the help with the school expenses for the children. With her medical condition she is not able to drive, so it is tough trying to get around to purchase supplies and other needs. I wish her the best in this contest, Thank you.

  12. kristi
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:48 | #12

    Hi Coleen! Please make sure to email the information as is described in the blog. We want to make sure Monica is officially entered so she has a chance to win! Thanks. 🙂

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