Mayor Garcia, Councilman Andrews and Others Give Students 1,200 Backpacks Loaded With School Supplies

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Mayor Robert Garcia and Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with the local nonprofits What’s Next Now.Org and New Life Beginnings, gave away 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies at the 6th District Back to School Fair, this past Saturday, August 9th, at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

As part of Councilman Andrews effort to expand services in the community, he teamed up with the Long Beach nonprofit organizations, New Life Beginnings and What’s Next Now.Org, to giveaway 1,200 backpacks to families in the Midtown area of Long Beach. “There are a lot of families that are barely getting by in our city. The extra cost of purchasing school supplies can cause financial hardships. This event helped relieve some of the burden”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. “The back-to-school event provided students with the supplies they need to succeed in school”, continued Andrews.

“It is always a great joy to see the smiling faces of the children when they got their backpack. One kid was so excited that he hugged Councilman Andrews like he was Santa Claus”, said Rebecca Younger, founder of New Life Beginnings.

This is the second year that the Councilman hosted the fair and it attracted over 1,000 people, with some families lining up four hours in advance to secure a back pack for their children. Each backpack, full of school supplies, will be distributed to kids from the age of 5 years old to 16 years old. The event also included school safety tips presented by Long Beach Deputy Chief Robert Luna, as well as, a demonstration from the Long Beach Fire Department, the Safe Moves Bike Rodeo and information booths to help the attendee’s with free community services.

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