BY JOSH TOWNER
The 109th Precinct, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Healthfirst hosted a backpack giveaway Aug. 30, supplying more than 800 backpacks and sets of school supplies.
The event began at 11 A.M. in the back lot of the 109th Precinct’s headquarters in Flushing, but a large crowd of students and parents began lining up hours earlier.
Kim, 109th Precinct Commander Keith P. Shine, Detective Kevin O’Donnell, representatives from Healthfirst, including Director of Medicare William Wang, and other elected officials from the community attended the giveaway. Organizers and volunteers expressed their hope that the backpacks and supplies would help students start the school year well.
The importance of working together to stop bullying was also discussed. Kim and the 109th Precinct have helped to strengthen an anti-bullying movement over the last two years, highlighting the theme in other events like the National Night Out.
“We are proud to continue this amazing annual tradition of giving backpacks and other essential school supplies to the students who need them. Sometimes something as basic but crucial as a backpack for children from underserved communities can make all the difference,” said Kim.
Healthfirst Director of Medicare William Wang also spoke at the event. He voiced his pride for the event and Healthfirst’s commitment as a dedicated community partner.
“We hope the parents and children who came today will put the supplies they received to good use,” said Wang.