By Sharon Aron Baron
On Wednesday, 200 students received backpacks filled with items to help with the upcoming school year thanks to the Coral Springs Police, the Community Involvement Unit, and local businesses.
The Coral Springs Community Development purchased dry erase boards as part of the schools’ virtual school supply list, and the Food for the Soul supplied hand sanitizer and put together the facial coverings with s-hook packages for the student and a family member.
Typically, the backpack giveaway would be part of the Summer Youth Program hosted by the Coral Springs Police Department.
With the summer program being put on hold because of COVID-19, the Community Involvement Unit had to restructure the backpack giveaway in the best way to help the families in need before the start of the new school year.
The giveaway took place at the Coral Springs Gymnasium on Wednesday, August 12, from 5 PM to 7 PM. The drive-thru portion of the giveaway hosted 44 families and was able to distribute 113 backpacks.
The remaining backpacks were sent to the area School Resource Officers to be given to families in need of school supplies to start the year.
The Community Involvement Unit coordinated the event with the help of area schools, business sponsors, and many departments within the city.
Sponsors of the event include OffLease.com, FISERV, Baptist Health South Florida, I Am Ministries, and Made by Mindy G for helping them make the backpack and care packages for the children going back to school.
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