Salvation Army Volunteers Distribute Hundreds of Backpacks in Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn Park volunteers helped the Salvation Army distribute hundreds of backpacks on Wednesday morning by drive-through.
“When families have to make a choice between paying for their mortgage or putting food on the table, they will pay for their mortgage,” said Josh Polanco with the Salvation Army. “Some of the other things get left or fall through the cracks and that affects children because they don’t have what they need to succeed.”
Polanco says the center in Brooklyn Park has seen an increase in families served and they expect that to continue to increase with the eviction moratorium.
“Our nation and our world has gone through a lot of challenges related to COVID and a lot of families were unable to pay mortgage and their rent. Now with the eviction moratorium that’s been lifted, a lot of families are struggling to pay back bills,” said Polanco. “That puts a strain on basic life needs and a strain on food.”
The Salvation Army hoped to collect 5,000 bags, but they did fall short of the goal. If you’d like to donate, $25 will purchase a filled backpack for a child in need.