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One of the borough’s largest landlords and providers of affordable housing went to Jamaica to help those in need start the school year off right with a free backpack full of supplies.

On Aug. 24, Zara Realty went to Jamaica to distribute backpacks to southeast Queens families. Officials from the company were joined by state Assemblyman David Weprin to hand out backpacks filled with school supplies such as composition books, rulers, pencils, crayons, notebooks and pads.

“Back-to-school means new teachers, new friends and new classrooms, but it also means new expenses for families,” said Anthony Subraj of Zara Realty. “We live in an expensive city and for many families in our southeast Queens community, making ends meet at this time of year is difficult. We hope these backpacks and school supplies can go a little way towards easing that burden.”

In addition to receiving the free supplies, children and their families enjoyed food, music, face painting and clowns.

Zara Realty still has about 600 backpacks to give out before the school year begins. For more information, call 718-291-3331.

“It was so rewarding to see so many smiling faces, as kids dug through their new backpacks to see what supplies they had,” said Amir Sobhraj, of Zara Realty. “We look forward to giving out the rest of the supplies and to helping even more families in Jamaica prepare for the coming school year.”

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