STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Police Association is working with the Salvation Army, Southwood Square, Entenmann’s, ShopRite and First County Bank for the annual Backpack Give Away Day and barbecue.
The event will be held at Stamford Police Headquarters, 805 Bedford St., on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It includes a barbecue, with volunteers from the SPA and The Salvation Army serving free hamburgers, hot dogs and soda to children and their parents.
“All students need to get the best education they can and by outfitting some of our community’s youth with new backpacks, we are aiming to give students the opportunity to start the year off full of confidence,” event organizer Officer Jerry Junes said in a statement.
Backpacks will be provided to students 16 and under. One bag will be given to each child present, as long as supplies last. All are welcome to stop by the Salvation Army on Selleck Street or the Police Department at 805 Bedford St. in advance to pick up a ticket and ensure receipt of a backpack.
“As Stamford Police Officers, we feel it is necessary to not only keep the city safe, but also to leave it better than before," Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, president of the SPA, said in the statement. "Our officers understand that these children are the future of Stamford, and we are proud to do our part to help them.”
Since the book bag program was initiated, more than 2,300 backpacks have been given to people in the Stamford community, including the 500 to be given away at this year’s event.