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Amazon here donates 1,000 backpacks to United Way

amazondonationAhead of harsh winter weather and the holidays, local Amazon associates made a very special delivery.

Last week, associates from the Edwardsville fulfillment centers donated 1,000 backpacks full of winter essentials to United Way of Greater St. Louis to help people facing homelessness. Each backpack is filled with a winter hat, winter gloves, winter wool socks, all-purpose first aid kit, toiletries kit, hand and face sanitizing wipes and healthy snack bars.

United Way of Greater St. Louis distributed the backpacks to local homeless and emergency shelters and organizations supporting people in transition. Amazon hopes that with these winter essential backpacks, they can help serve a need right now. Amazon backpack donations like this one are taking place across the Midwest as it’s closer to the holidays.

The donation is part of Amazon’s ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where its associates work and live. Amazon has more than 1,500 full time employees in Edwardsville and will employ more than 8,000 associates in Illinois by the end of 2018. Recently, Amazon announced it is hiring for more than 10,000 seasonal associates in Illinois to help meet customer demand this holiday season, many of which are available in Edwardsville. Interested candidates should visit for more information.

PHOTO: Amazon associates helped distribute winter essential backpacks to local United Way of Greater St. Louis nonprofit partners that help people facing homelessness in the community.

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