School backpack distribution starts at Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK, Florida ( — More than 48 businesses and nonprofits have come together to donate a total of $20,000 to ensure that students in Pinellas County get what they need this school season.

“We have an annual Back to School campaign that gives away 2016 backpacks to local kids in our community,” said Alisha Kelly, President of the Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

From hot dogs to raffle bikes and of course free backpacks, hundreds of families have come out to get ready for school season in Pinellas County.

“Not only is this a fun event, but it’s also a great event to help families in the community,” said Daniel Strauss, chairman of the Pinellas Park Health District. “There are so many people who are struggling in this economy these days and being able to put things together and help is very helpful to us.”

At a time when inflation is impacting families in the Bay Area, the leaders of the Pinellas Park Health District and the Pinellas Park Gayway Chamber of Commerce hope this will bring parents a little relief.

“It’s hard, very hard,” said Jerry Davis, a parent from St. Petersburg. “Grocery, shopping, any help you can give your kids now, we’d be grateful.”

Florida’s annual back-to-school tax holiday begins Monday, July 24th.

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