Several Rotary Clubs to Distribute Backpacks at Salisbury Shelter
Calafiura is the chairperson of the 2015 Rotary Backpack Collection for the Rotary Club of Salisbury. The Rotary Club of Wicomico and the Sunrise Salisbury Rotary Club will also be partaking in this project.
Calafiura said the bookbag drive is approaching almost 15 years and it all started with one person, a Rotary member who wanted to donate 10 backpacks to school children in need. Since the start of the event, the donations have continued to grow.
The project is designed to provide school children pre-K through 12th grade with a backpack for the first day of school. Throughout the year, the three Rotary clubs have collected school supplies through different events such as the Kmart drive that was held a few weeks ago, community and bank donations, money from grants and financial institutions, donations from members, and even a partnership with Walgreens.
After the Kmart drive, Rotary members posted on their Facebook page, “Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Rotary Back Pack Collection at the Salisbury Kmart on Saturday, Aug. 8. We collected three full shopping carts of items to be included in the 600+ book bags we’ll be giving away to deserving kids on Aug 22nd.”
On Tuesday, Aug. 18, students who live on the outskirts of such Wicomico County communities such as Nanticoke, Sharptown, Willards and more, were able to pick up their backpacks in advance. This year the clubs are donating more than 615 backpacks to those in need and 15 of those backpacks came from a young girl in school herself.
“One of our members’ granddaughters lives in Pennsylvania and had a birthday party not too long ago,” Calafiura said. “She asked friends to bring school supplies for her present and she will be donating them for her third year with the event.”
The children are able to pick the backpacks they would like on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Christian Shelter from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., or until the last person leaves.
Education is the number one focus for the Rotary club,” Calafiura said. “We thank the community and businesses immensely for all their help along the way.”