Volunteers at the Brownsville Police Department Southmost Community Network Center formed an orderly assembly line Friday to fill backpacks with school supplies for children in need.
After a few minutes, about 20 backpacks were ready to go. The group spent about two hours preparing 925 bags for elementary students in the Brownsville Independent School District, Master Peace Officer Imelda Valdez said.
Counselors at each campus identify students who are still in need of backpacks after the school year begins, Valdez said, and the children’s reactions range from excitement to tears.
“It’s a lot of work getting these done, but when you go out there and see the kids’ faces … it’s overwhelming,” she said. “They’re very grateful to the officers.”
Valdez said Brownsville police officers have been donating backpacks since before she joined the force seven years ago. They spend the year fundraising from outside donors and have secured sponsorships from companies like Capital One, Wells Fargo, Luke Fruia Motors and Walmart.
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