Backpack give away helps students on Long Island get ready for school

Latina Sisters Group Mission hosted a backpack giveaway at St. Luke’s Roman Church in Brentwood Monday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 29, 2022, 10:22 PM

Updated 654 days ago


Kids from around the Long Island are getting ready for the new school year and with the help of multiple supply giveaways in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Latina Sisters Group Mission joined Suffolk Police's Hispanic Society to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies in Brentwood.
Two hundred bags were given out children whose mothers are battling or have battled breast cancer.
Grace Loannidis organized this event and says these families are juggling finances as they pay medical bills.
"These women who are impacted by cancer, they have no place to go,” says Loannidis. “It's not just her getting cancer. The entire family is impacted by this disease." 
Commissioner Rodney Harrison, whose mother-in-law is a two-time breast cancer survivor, says this is such an important event for his department to take part in.
"People going through such a traumatic experience, we need to make sure we give them the assistance," says Harrison.
It also gives these families a boost at a time when school supplies are in short supply and more expensive.
"Backpacks may be there for $50 to $60, but when you have three, four, five kids going to school, the burden is $125 and that's not including supplies," says Officer Matias Ferreira of the Suffolk County Police Department.

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