Free backpacks and school supplies are being made available for kids in the Capital Region.

According to The Record (Troy, NY), free backpacks and school supplies are being offered to youth living in Rensselaer County thanks to volunteers and donations. An event called the Back to School Backpack Pickup and BBQ Bash will be taking place in conjunction with various Rensselaer County agencies on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3-6pm at the William D. Chamberlain Riverfront Park in downtown Troy. The Troy Boys and Girls Club is among the agencies helping make the event possible. Over 600 free backpacks filled with school supplies are expected to be given out at the event. Interested families can sign up at various locations throughout the area. The backpacks will be given out by referral only. For volunteer information, or donating and other event info, you can call Debbie at 518-366-7501 or Tafari at 518-238-8513.

What a great thing to do for those in need for this school season.

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