Donations are needed for a back to school giveaway happening later this month.

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Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Howard J. Johnson, and City of Buffalo Fillmore District Councilmember Mitch Nowakowski are hosting a backpack giveaway at the end of August.  They are seeking donations from the community to help local families, who might be in need.  The school supply drive is going on now through Friday, August 21.  You can help support children going back to school by donating supplies like pencils, markers, notebooks, pencil pouches, sharpeners, erasers, backpacks, folders, personal hygiene items and more.

School supplies needed:

-number two pencils
-safety scissors
-glue sticks
-pencil pouches and sharpeners
-watercolor paint/brushes
-personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs)

Donations can be dropped off from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Legislator Howard Johnson's office, located at 427 William Street in Buffalo.

The drive-through backpack giveaway will be held on August 29th at the Central Terminal, located at 495 Paderewski Drive in Buffalo, from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM, while supplies last. It will be a contactless event.

Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski said in a press release:

“Our families need help. Period. By coming together and sharing our resources, we can give school children the extra support they need to be prepared for the upcoming schoolyear, no matter what form it takes. COVID-19 has created an overwhelmingly difficult scenario for the families in Buffalo who must balance work, life, and their child’s education in the midst of a pandemic. I am thankful to my partners in government and organizations who are working together to address the resource gap in the Fillmore District and the wider community.”

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