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New backpacks, school supplies can be donated at Gresham City Hall until Aug. 25

To help the nonprofit I Heart Rockwood's effort to support local students with new backpacks and school supplies, the city of Gresham also will be taking donations or backpacks at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

New backpacks and school supplies for students from kindergarten to 12th grade can be donated from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, Aug. 25. Backpacks and supplies will be given out to families while supplies last.

I Heart Rockwood serves East Multnomah County families by helping raise awareness and providing access to opportunities, resources and social services as well as fostering pride and community.

"(I Heart Rockwood) told us that they were really struggling this year to get backpacks, so we decided to help out and put a box in front of City Hall," said Sasha Konell, the city's community engagement specialist. As of now, the city has collected about 30 backpacks.

The backpacks will be given out during the nonprofit's annual I Heart Rockwood festival from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Rockwood Market Hall, 18535 S.E. Stark St., Portland. The festival will offer complimentary services provided by dedicated community partners, government agencies and local businesses. On top of giving out backpacks and school supplies, the event will include live entertainment, two community meals, an interactive kid's zone and a BIPOC marketplace.

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