CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Two Charlottesville groups are teaming up to try and provide school supplies for underprivileged children in our community. For the next two weeks, Triple C Camp members will be collecting as many items as they can for the Backpack Buddies of Central Virginia.

14-year-old Lucia Hoerr started the Backpack Buddies charity four years ago to make sure kids can start off the school year with a fully stocked book bag. This year, she is getting help from hundreds of campers and their families to ramp up donations.

Triple C Camp is holding a school supply drive until August 8 to support the Backpack Buddies initiative. 

The campers - ranging from kindergarten through 10th grade - do have a sweet incentive to bring in more items. The group who brings in the most school supplies each week will get an ice cream sundae bar with all the fixings.

Triple C Camp's leadership team will be organizing the effort and keeping track of the donations.

Jonathan Schmidt, a Triple C Camp leadership group member, said, “I think it’s important because some people don’t have the opportunity to get this – to get school supplies, and I think with the people who can buy more school supplies, they can make it funner for the kids and actually have good stuff to go to school with.”

“It’s important for the campers to help in something that will make them feel good about themselves for helping others in need,” said Henry Keith, another member of the Triple C Camp leadership group.

“H" Rothenberg, Triple C Camp co-owner, said, “We really find that supporting the children in this event really makes them good about helping their own community.   It’s a really important aspect of what we’re trying to teach at Triple C Camp as we’re teaching character and respect and growth and development.”

After the drive is over, Backpack Buddies will stuff the supplies and donate the bags to kids at the area Boys and Girls Club.

Since 2010, more than 350 book bags have been delivered.  Hoerr says the goal is to fill and give at least 140 this summer. Triple C Camp members will get to help stuff the book bags at a joint event on August 14.