BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The hot summer days are here, especially for parents running to get school supplies, clothes and backpacks for the kids at the last minute.
The sad truth is that a lot of people can’t afford much right now and as the pandemic continues, many parents need a little extra help. That’s where Chris Dipnarine and his non-profit organization come in.
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It is called 4MyCity; a food rescue organization that takes food that would be considered waste and distributes it to families in need. Their mission this summer is to provide backpacks and school supplies to people in these communities in need, as it is likely that if they need food, they also need other essentials.
“The goal is to make backpacks for around 5,000 families,” said Dipnarine, CEO of the association.
The target is up from 2,600 last year.
It has partnered with cryptocurrency firm BurnX 2.0 and other vendors to achieve this.
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“We have Sharpies, pens, colored pencils. Tons of binders for teachers to use in school, ”he said as he browsed WJZ in his warehouse.
He also takes care of educators.
“Not just the children, but the teachers. A lot of our teachers spend their own money providing basic items like pencils in their classrooms, ”said Dipnarine.
This year, the organization will put masks and hand sanitizer in every bag distributed.
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With 35,000 K-12 students in Baltimore, that effort will only reach about 20% and they still need new backpacks. You can donate through the association’s website.