Kids line up for police backpack giveaway
Cousins John Scribner and Jordan Myers, both 6 years old, were at the front of the line Wednesday for a free backpack giveaway sponsored by the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Victim Assistance program.
Who knew how exciting getting a new backpack loaded with notebooks, markers, pencil, pens and other school supplies could be? John, who loves superheroes, got a backpack with a Skylanders motif, while Jordan was thrilled with his Paw Patrol school bag.
Ashley Scribner, John’s mother, was also pleased to be saving what she estimated to be $40 at a time when school costs can eat into the family budget.
Victim Assistance Director Jessica Crozier said the giveaway began last year when the department collected 300 to 400 backpacks from police and private donations.
It took only 10 minutes to give them away at Headwaters Park last year.
This year, the department collected between 450 and 500 backpacks and filled as many as possible with school supplies that were donated through the Salvation Army’s Tools for School program.
On hand Wednesday to keep the peace were Police Chief Steve Reed, Deputy Chief Garry Hamilton and Sgt. Jim Seay, along with Jim Mickelini, service manager for the Preferred Automotive Group on Illinois Road, who brought stuffed animals, figurines and picture books for the students.
“I like him so much,” John Scribner said, looking at his figurine of Falcon, a Marvel Comics character.
Jordan was quite happy with his big stuffed dog while his sister Serenity, 8, couldn’t wait to tear the wrapping off her pink Beanie Ballz.
“It’s pink and cute and that’s all that matters,” said Amy Scribner, her grandmother.