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Backpack donations needed for students

As we turn the page to August, local community leaders are holding a backpack drive for Quincy students.

The goal is to collect 450 new backpacks, which will be given out at the Quincy Neighborhood Federation Back to School Picnic on Tuesday, August 7 on Payson Avenue. 

Quincy 7th Ward Alderwoman Terri Heinecke began the drive a few years ago after seeing the need for parents struggling with the cost of back to school items.

Tracey Kiefer with O’Brien Insurance Agency in Quincy is accepting backpack donations at their office located at 419 South 10th Street.

"Going to some of the local schools, you can see kids coming in with a paper sack or plastic sack with their school supplies in it," Kiefer said. "I know a lot of teachers also have to buy supplies, so if we can help them out in anyway that’s what we are trying to do."

Carol Rischar is a supporter of the back pack drive and encourages people to help."So many children that come from underprivileged homes," Rischar said. "I just felt the need, I saw the need."

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