ICNA Relief Participates in East Orange Mayor's Back Pack Giveaway in NJ
On August 27th, ICNA Relief was in East Orange, NJ participating in Mayor Lester Taylor's first annual back pack giveaway. Though the day was very hot, more than 700 students showed up to receive a free book bag with school supplies before school started.
One mother said purchasing school supplies has been difficult for parents like her for more than two years now because of the bad economy. "Prices are going up for rent, clothing food and there are less jobs. Even the jobs we have are giving out less hours," said Ms. Liles. "I only have one child but I am struggling. Some people feel safe they have a job and then they lose their jobs."
"Only 700 bags were distributed but in actuality 7,000 kids are in need in East Orange," said a resident named Fatima.
Mayor Taylor announced that another giveaway to provide back packs for even more students.
ICNA Relief holds Back 2 School Giveaways in cities throughout the country every year.