A citywide back-to-school drive was held on Aug. 22 and 23. More than 800 families from across the city turned out to pick up backpacks and school supplies. Numerous organizations joined forces in organizing the events, including the literacy nonprofit InspireLit, which donated more than 4,000 books for the distribution.
Former City Councilman and organizer Willie Bailey said, “Over the two days, we traveled to five different ARHA locations including Charles Houston Rec Center and Oakland Baptist Church. Members of the Departmental Progressive Club did a great job of maintaining social distancing at the sites and school supplies were pre-sorted and placed in baggies to keep people from touching everything. Whether in person or online, the need continues for so many families.”
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Distribution locations included the Charles Houston Recreation Center, the Ruby Tucker Family Center, and Oakland Baptist Church. Despite the long lines, the excitement of families and children was evident as backpacks, school supplies, books, and ice cream treats were distributed.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Sponsors for the back-to-school drive include Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority, Departmental Progressive Club, Alexandria Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, InspireLit literacy nonprofit, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, The Ice Cream Squad and Oakland Baptist Church.”