Springfield Cares holds annual backpack giveaway for students
SPRINGFIELD TWP. Each August for the last seven years, Springfield Cares works with a variety of organizations to provide approximately 500 backpacks for Springfield Local School students to begin the school year.
This year the event was held Aug. 15 and it was done differently due to COVID-19. Those seeking filled backpacks lined up outside of the Lakemore Municipal Building as usual. However instead of going in the building to choose their new backpack, the volunteers were set up outside.
Springfield Cares members and volunteers and those in line all had their masks on and the hand sanitizer was flowing.
Schrop Teacher Cindy Johnson made 200 masks to give to children, along with small bottles of hand sanitizer.
The backpacks were filled with plenty of supplies to begin the year and were grade appropriate.
Springfield Cares President Nancy Rodrigues said they were overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of the community through businesses, organizations, churches and individuals when it came to donations for the Springfield School District children.
“Having a backpack and supplies will get them off to a great start for the new school year and their futures,” Rodrigues said. “We are happy that we are able to help in some way, especially with this the changes children have had in 2020.”
She said even despite COVID-19, the donations were very generous. The Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ Church donated 200 filled backpacks, Springfield Fellowship Church donated $500, Lakemore United Methodist Church donated $500 and Springfield Assembly of God Church donated 50 filled backpacks. There were also a variety of private donations.
Rodrigues thanked the Lakemore Police Department for being on hand and Bob and Darlene Haren for the use of their trailer for hauling the backpacks.
Springfield Cares is made up of volunteers from the Springfield School District. It does a backpack giveaway each year and at Christmas time they help families with a little support for the holidays with food, gifts, toys, clothing and more for the children.
“Many of our students would not have the necessary school supplies to be successful, if it weren’t for Springfield Cares. Thank you for the community support,” Springfield Local Schools Superintendent Chuck Sincere said.
For more information on how to help support the community through Springfield Cares, call Rodrigues at 330-322-8999.