Over 500 Backpacks Given to Area Children by NBPD for Back to School

552 local children got new, free backpacks for back to school on August 26, courtesy of a giveaway from the New Brunswick Police Department.

Families lined up in the Walgreens parking lot on Jersey Avenue on a sunny Saturday to pick up the pink and black trimmed bags, handed out by officers with the New Brunswick Police Department.

The department funded the purchase of the backpacks using money provided by the Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program, named after late Summit Police Department Detective Matthew Tarentino, who was known for his extensive community outreach efforts in the community. Det. Tarentino passed away May 30, 2017 in a motor vehicle accident.

(L-R) Det. Danny Gallardo, Officer Tammie Ward, Officer Ervin Gomez, Capt. Michael Bobadilla and Officer Eric Brown pose for a photo with empty boxes following a successful community backpack giveaway on August 26.

Free backpacks will also be available in a separate giveaway event scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday, September 2 at the New Brunswick Teen Center, 411 Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

Backpacks and school supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis.

To view morre photos from the backpack giveaway, click here.

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