Carmen Anaya Elementary hosted the 4th annual backpack drive, Kickstands for Kids, at their campus on Sept. 8. Sponsored by the American Bikers Association of McAllen (ABA), about 400 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to the student body.
“I absolutely love that they do this and I hope they can do it lots more times because I really appreciate it,” said backpack recipient Sebastian Torres, a first grader in Mrs. R. Perez’s class at Carmen Anaya Elementary.
Kickstands for Kids started in 2014 when ABA member Julia Canon reached out to the PSJA school district in an effort to help students in need. Each year the members of the organization gather up donations from local businesses and hand deliver the supplies to the students at their campus.
In the first year of this event only about 200 backpacks were donated, while this year almost every student at Anaya received a backpack thanks to the organization and contributions from Walmart, the City of Pharr and other local businesses in the area.
“It’s a community effort,” said Canon. “We plan on coming here every year as long as they’ll have us.”