Councilman Ruben Wills and NYCHA Chairman John Rhea Team Up with Kars4Kids for a Back to School Backpack Giveaway

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Councilman Ruben Wills and NYCHA Chairman John Rhea join forces with Kars4Kids for a Queens backpack giveaway.

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It’s a privilege to be able to do our small part, along with our wonderful partners, to help these families and their children

On the heels of their successful coat giveaways in Newark and East Orange, New Jersey, the Kars4Kids Car Donation Program announced yesterday five locations for their new Backpack Giveaway Program, a back to school initiative aimed at helping struggling families with the rising expenses of school supplies. While free backpacks are available online to the public on the Kars4Kids backpack page, the live events will allow parents to receive the handy school accessory in person and on the spot.

On Thursday August 30th New York City Council Member Councilman Ruben Wills and NYCHA Chairman John Rhea will be teaming up with Kars4Kids for an event in Queens. The event will be held at Baisley Park Houses 1645 Guy R Brewer Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11434. The event will begin promptly at 12:00 pm and will continue until 1:00 pm or until all the backpacks are exhausted. It will then move to the South Jamica Houses 106-62 160th Street Jamaica, NY 11433 until 2:00 pm or until all the backpacks are exhausted.

Councilman Wills is currently the New York City Councilmember for DIstrict 28. He has been a champion for New York’s children in the past, starting an organization to provide activities for hundreds of neighborhood children.

John B. Rhea was appointed Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on June 1, 2009 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

The Kars4Kids Backpack Giveaway Program is a back-to-school initiative aimed at helping struggling families with the rising expenses of school supplies. The various live giveaways will allow parents to receive the handy school accessory in person and on the spot. “There are so many hard-working families out there that just can’t make ends meet in this economy,” a Kars4Kids spokeswoman said Tuesday. “It’s a privilege to be able to do our small part, along with our wonderful partners, to help these families and their children.”

Over the course of three days Kars4Kids plans to distribute close to 3,000 free backpacks to New York children, and is anticipating and preparing for a large turnout. Kars4Kids will be working closely with local officials to ensure that the giveaways take place in an orderly manner with everyone having a chance to receive one of the high-quality, stylish backpacks.

There will be a designated area for members of the media.

The backpack program is just one of the many educational initiatives Kars4Kids employs throughout the year to help children reach their educational potential.

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