Each summer, families face the financial burden of equipping their children with all the supplies they'll need for the upcoming school year.
Over the next few weeks, four school supply giveaways will help lessen that burden for families in the City of Binghamton and add a sweet note to back to school season — with ice cream.
Announced on Thursday by Mayor Richard David, 600 backpacks and about 7,000 school supply items will be distributed for free as part of a partnered effort by CARES (Community Advocates Restoring Educational Standards) and the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition.
On Saturday, the first school supply giveaway will take place at 85 Walnut St., Binghamton from 2-4 p.m. A giveaway on Aug. 12 follows, this time at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park from 2-4 p.m.
On Aug. 19, the giveaway will coincide with the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition's North Side Community Block Party, with supplies distributed from 12-3 p.m. at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park.
The last giveaway will be Aug. 26 at the Broome County Urban League from 2-4 p.m.
Ice cream socials will be held at the July 29, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26 events.
In addition to the provided supplies, the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition is collecting donated items from community members, businesses and other organizations for the giveaway, which can be dropped off at the Binghamton Plaza, United Way in Vestal or any Binghamton Rumble Ponies home game by Aug. 14.
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