Due to budget cuts, the Pacifica Resource Center was reluctantly going to slash this year’s backpack program, which got backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary and high school-age youth.

But thanks to two resourceful teen twin sisters, the program will continue.

Twin sisters Laura and Courtney Cunneen of Pacifica, juniors at Terra Nova High School, are also well known to the Puente program in Pescadero for their efforts in collecting supplies for needy South Coast families. The sisters were recipients of Puente’s first-ever Volunteer Appreciation award.

The girls were due to be honored the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for collecting the school supplies from around the Peninsula.

The twins began four years ago to collect supplies for Puente de la Costa Sur, said Puente Executive Director Kerry Loebel. Last year they expanded their efforts to include the Pacifica center. They will have a booth at the Pacifica Farmers’ Market today, July 25, where you can drop off paper, pencils, markers, glue sticks, backpacks and any general school supplies.

“They’re quite ambitious and quite energetic,” said Lobel. “I love them — they’re very compassionate, good-hearted and smart.”

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