500 free bookbags collected for back to school event in Pekin

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PEKIN (WEEK) – A new school year means new bookbags for hundreds of local students.

The Hope Chest in Pekin held its ‘Back to School Backpack Giveaway’ event Wednesday at Wilson Intermediate School. 500 book bags were collected thanks to the help from New Beginnings and Elevate Church.

On Monday, the organization had already handed out 200 bookbags.

“We’re following our mission best we can, helping them excel and just giving the kids the best start to their year. Ya know, its gonna be a crazy year I’m sure with COVID and going back, some of them haven’t been there; so making sure they’re equipped and ready to go.”

-Jessica Cotty, Director Of Community Services:

Students also received a coupon for 10 free pieces of clothing.

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