On Saturday, August 14, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated its annual MLK Back to School Festival with a drive-through event for families and students to get free backpacks, school supplies, and more to prepare for the new school year.
Our volunteers and Community Partners distributed more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies, bags with nonperishable food items, household cleaning products, hot dogs, soda, snow cones, and more.
Our Community Partners included National Association of Black Accountants, MLK ChildCareGroup, Harambee Steering Committee, Abide Women’s Health Services, The Richards Group, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, South Dallas Community Court, City of Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability, City of Dallas Environmental Education & Initiative, Trinity Basin School, Dallas Rape Crisis, MLK Branch Library, Morales Group, KIPP: Texas Public School, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Reliant NRG with Kona Ice, Maximus, and the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
This event was sponsored in part by LIRA Group, Peter & Dena Silberman, and the City of Dallas.
Additional donations and special contributions came from Capital One, APL Logistics, Dallas Mavericks, Carter’s House, Funky Town Fridge, Encore Global, Enterprise Foundation, IKEA, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter, DART, Project Unity, Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas, Brian Eberstein, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, and the AT&T NTX Ran Construction Team.
Special thanks to everyone who donated supplies and volunteered their time to ensure we had a successful event!
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Videos provided by Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board (District 1)