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Aug 25, 2014

www.mlive.com_2014-08-25_19-12-35Kyle Moroney, mLive

WYOMING, MI — Hispanic businesses in Grand Rapids recently hosted a community event to ensure that students are ready for school next week.

El Informador, a Hispanic newspaper based in Grand Rapids, along with Supermercado Mexico and other Grand Rapids and Wyoming businesses distributed 1,000 backpacks during its community giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The third annual event, held at the 34th Street Mall at the corner of South Division and 34th streets, included games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, kids’ activities, live music and a karaoke contest.

“It is unfortunate that there is a growing need in our community for this kind of support for families and children, but unfortunately, a basic need such as a backpack – which involves education – is often overlooked,” Javier Olvera Supermercado Mexico president said in a release. “That’s why it is important for us and other businesses in this community to support and be a part of it.”

This year’s giveaway nearly doubled from the 600 backpacks distributed in 2013, organizers said.

It is the latest of several free back-to-school supply giveaways that took place this summer in West Michigan. D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s and The Cellular Connection were among several organizations and businesses that held school supplies and backpack drives earlier this month.

“It goes to show the need out there,” Luis Molina, owner and editor of El Informador, said. “For us, it is very important to help these families, and each year our team includes these community events in our annual plans and activities, and each year we are amazed at the support from our local businesses. The satisfaction of knowing that we are helping prepare these kids for back-to-school is such an incredible feeling – for all involved.”


Kyle Moroney covers suburban schools and general assignments for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter or Facebook