Backpack drive will help children in the Segundo Barrio

Photo: Thamizhpparithi Maari / Wikipedia

Local groups are hosting a backpack drive to help children in the Segundo Barrio.

The Downtown Management District and the Central Business Association have partnered to host the Segundo Barrio Back to School Backpack Drive for Sacred Heart Parish.

The church is collecting school supplies and backpacks for students.

Collection boxes have been placed at the following locations:

  • EPIC at 510 N. Stanton Street
  • La Morena at 510 E. Mills Avenue
  • Bar Fly at 11335 Montwood Drive
  • DMD offices at 201 E. Main Suite 101 inside the Chase Building

Donations will be accepted through August 5.

The last day of the event will also kick off the El Centro Back to School Fashion Show and Family Fun Day the weekend on Aug. 5, 6, and 7.

The DMD and CBA are hosting the events where the public can enjoy food and entertainment.

"It's imperative that the DMD continues to work with entities such as the CBA to support efforts that give back to the community. We are not only assisting Sacred Heart Parish in collecting much needed school supplies to children in the area but doing our part, with the help of sponsoring businesses, to liven up the El Centro Shopping District during Tax Free Weekend. The shops on the border bring an experience vastly different than any other in the country," said Joe Gudenrath, DMD Executive Director

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