|‘Best year yet’ for Backpack in the Park; donations up 28 percent|
|Written by Ryan Watkins|
|Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:18|
This year's Backpack in the Park fundraiser was the “best year yet” and collected 1,826 backpacks for underprivileged school children, organizers announced today. Backpack in the Park was held on July 30 in Piedmont Park.
“This was by far our best year yet for Backpack in the Park,” said Chris Bess, president of For the Kid in All of Us, in a media release.
Donated backpacks increased 28 percent over 2010, the group noted.
“In addition to the backpacks — some 400 more than were donated last year! - we also collected $1,200 in gift cards,” Bess said. “It is so wonderful to see the smile on the kids’ faces when you hand them one of the backpacks. Now they are ready for their first day of school with all the tools they need to be successful! That’s what Backpack in the Park is all about.”
Beneficiaries of the drive were AGAPE Community Center, AID Atlanta, Camp Horizon, CHRIS Kids, Cool Girls, East Lake Foundation, Lithia Springs Elementary School, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Malachi Storehouse at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Nicholas House, Our House and The Alcove, Inc.
For the Kid in All of Us also organizes the annual Toy Party, which collects holiday gifts for children in need. This year’s event is set for Dec. 4.
To view photos from Backpack in the Park, please click here.
For more information, please visit www.forthekid.org.
Top photo: David DiCorpo carries a 'Hello Kitty' bookbag at this year's Backpack in the Park (by Dyana Bagby)
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