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Hempstead backpack giveaway slated for Saturday

The sixth annual back-to-school event for disadvantaged children in Hempstead Village has been rescheduled for Saturday. It was postponed last weekend because of Tropical Storm Irene.

The ABBA (Able Bodies of Believers Alliance) Leadership Center, in partnership with Hempstead Promise Neighborhoods, will be giving away more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies at the Judea United Baptist Church, 83 Greenwich St., in Hempstead,  from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

“We held out until the last moment, but in the end it was too dangerous,” the Rev. Reginald Benjamin said from the nonprofit center.

The celebration will include free food and activities.

To pick up a backpack, children registered for the event must be accompanied by a parent.

Registration for the event is closed. For more information, call 516-690-4272.

 

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