PALMDALE – A local nonprofit organization will give disadvantaged students the tools needed to start the new school year at a Backpack Giveaway and fun day on August 17.
The third annual One Way Up Backpack Giveaway will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 17 at Melville J. Courson Park, located 38226 10th Street East in Palmdale.
“We’ll have music, a barbecue, games for the kids… it’s more like a fun, family-reunion type of setting,” said One Way Up CEO Cynthia Beverly. “This is definitely for the low-income families out here that really don’t have the money to get things for school; the families on DPSS [Department Of Public Social Services] that only get $500 [a month] to take care of their whole family.”
The annual Backpack Giveaway has continued to grow since its inception. Organizers gave away 400 backpacks at the first event, 800 backpacks at the second event, and hope to give away well over 1,000 backpacks at this year’s event.
“When I see those smiles on those kid’s faces just to get a backpack and a pencil and paper, it’s a blessing to me,” Beverly said. “That’s all I’m looking for is a smile.”
Local business and organizations that have joined the effort include Walgreens, Home Depot, Lowes, the Palmdale High School District and Antelope Valley High School District.
Residents can donate to this effort by dropping off new backpacks or school supplies to one of two locations: Angels Bingo Hall at 2101 East Palmdale Boulevard in Palmdale or the Palmdale Water District at 2029 East Avenue Q in Palmdale.
To find out what school supplies are needed or for more information on this event, contact Cynthia Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org.