STAMFORD -- The Stamford Police Department is reaching out to children and families in the community who may not be able to afford backpacks for the upcoming school year.
“Every child deserves to have the proper tools necessary to succeed in school, regardless of their family’s financial situation," said Stamford Police Officer Jerry Junes, the lead organizer of the event.
Teaming up with the Salvation Army, Stamford police are hosting their annual back pack give away at police headquarters this Saturday. Members of the Stamford Police Association and The Salvation Army will serve complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and soda to children and their parents.
“These children are the future of Stamford," said Todd Lobraico, president of the Stamford Police Association. “We cannot stress enough the importance of encouraging their education and achievement. I speak for all of our officers when I say that we are proud to continually give back to the community and excited to see the good these students can accomplish.”
Stamford police have given out over 2,300 backpacks since the department started the program. They hope to give away another 500 this year.
The department said in order for a family to pick up a backpack this weekend, each child needs to complete an application and receive a ticket. Tickets are available in the Youth Bureau or the Detective Bureau at the station located at 805 Bedford St., Stamford. Tickets are also available at the Salvation Army, located at 198 Selleck St., Stamford.
The backpack giveaway will take place Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 805 Bedford St.
Funding for this event was provided by Entenmann’s and First County Bank.