BRENTWOOD. N.Y. – On Saturday September 12, 2020, numerous community groups and nonprofit organizations joined Legislator Sam Gonzalez in distributing free backpacks and school supplies to members of the community. The event also included fun activities for families and youth to participate in, as well as a free performance by the Hoi Fa Su Lum Kung Fu Academy. Over 200 backpacks were distributed at the event, enabling families and students to receive much needed school supplies as local school districts begin opening for the academic year. The event, which took place outside of Legislator Gonzalez’s district office, serves as a memorable highlight in the history of Legislator Gonzalez’s community impact.
“It is truly wonderful to be joined by so many organizations within the community in giving back to those who need it most during this unparalleled time,” said Legislator Gonzalez. The backpack drive event served to aid the lives of students who are now entering schools during an unprecedented time, on top of the already increasing financial pressures that have affected families due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Long Island Ruff Ryders, a local motorcycle club, alongside the Puerto Rican Coalition For A Better Community Inc., largely assisted the event – aiding in packaging and distributing backpacks to students and families. “Long Island Ruff Ryders are the community, in any community we come to,” said Jaycass, a representative of the motorcycle organization.
Shyla Silva, the USA National Miss Puerto Rico Princess 2020, also attended the event and helped promote anti-bullying efforts. “I had a blast promoting anti-bullying at Legislator Gonzalez’s backpack distribution event. It is great giving back as a team. They have adopted me into their team and I am so thankful they have. We will continue to join forces to help our community, and I cannot wait to see what we work in next,” said Shyla.
Legislator Gonzalez looks forward to leading more community events that continue to benefit the lives of constituents within the 9th Legislative District, as well as the continued impact of the organizations that aided in this event.