Queens Daily Eagle
The Coalition for the Homeless is holding its annual “Project: Back to School” drive to collect backpacks and other school supplies for children in need until Aug. 30 and they are getting an assist from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
Katz has encouraged Queens residents to stop by Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to drop off donated items.
“More than 111,500 New York City students were homeless at some point during the last school year,” Katz told the Times Ledger. “These children deserve the opportunity to learn, no matter where they happen to lay their heads at night.”
Dave Giffen, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, said “no child should have to walk into that first day of school feeling unprepared and embarrassed simply because his or her family can’t afford basic school supplies.”