1,500 backpacks, food packages distributed at annual giveaway
With the extraordinary circumstances we’re facing this year and the uncertainty of the school year ahead, we weren’t sure our annual backpack giveaway would even be needed this year. But as fall grew near, it became clear—the need was still there. “We didn’t know until 40 days before the event that it could actually happen,” said Dawn Quigg, the Mission’s community relations coordinator. “We were so glad to be able to serve our neighbors and friends together. We saw collaboration, gracious partnerships, wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors pull together. And to our community—we are glad you came!”
The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds reached out and let the Mission know the parking lot would be available for the event. After three meetings, more than 100 volunteers had signed up and 1,500 backpacks had been donated, stuffed with supplies, books, toys, socks, and hygiene products. On the morning of July 28, cars were backed up all the way through the parking lot, down the mile-long side street and another mile down 7th Street. The last backpack, which came with a Farmers to Families USDA Food Box, was handed out at 10:30 a.m.
Impact Church and Victor Valley Rescue Mission partnered with Desert Mountain Children’s Center, The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Angel Tree, High Desert Transitional Living Connection/The Gate HD Church and Community Health Action Network to put on this event.