Drive-in style event features free school supplies for kids
Yuma, Ariz. (KYMA, KCEY) – While some parents may be heading to the store to buy school supplies for their kids for this time of year, others have gone to the annual Back To School Rodeo event. at the Yuma Civic Center. the Saturday.
“This year, we are donating 1,800 backpacks full of school supplies; and we are just very happy for the community, ”said Adriana Del Rio, digital communications coordinator for the city of Yuma.
For the second year in a row, the event took place behind the wheel, with parents picking up free bags of school supplies for their children.
About thirty volunteers gathered to prepare the bags and distribute them early on Saturday morning.
For those who have helped, like Armando Gonzalez, whose Krazy Kutting company sponsored the event, providing the children with the things they need for school was a very rewarding task.
“Well, I mean, it’s a big event, right? It has everything to do with the kids, which is our future, so when they go handing out backpacks, especially after what we’ve just been through for a year and a half; I mean, it’s a great opportunity, ”Gonzalez explained.
Others who volunteered, like Kristin Boyko, were happy to provide for children who would usually not have the necessary school supplies otherwise.
“They can come and they have a big smile on their face knowing that it will be less stressful when their teacher says, ‘Hey, get out your pencil,’ and they actually have a pencil, ‘Boyko commented.
Even law enforcement, in addition to the Yuma Police Department, came to help the cause.
Michael Mitchell, Information Officer for the Winterhaven California Highway Patrol, also contributed to the success of the event.
“Putting this in place is a very important business. It provides services; it provides all the supplies these children need to get back to school, especially for those living in a struggling economy like we are now. To provide this kind of resource is just great, ”Mitchell said.