The Salvation Army hosts annual Backpack Give-away

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge held its first in-person event since before the pandemic.

With a mission to meet the community need the non-profit organization held it’s annual Backpack Give-Away.

With the help of donations and previous community events such as “Stuff the Bus”, The Salvation Army was able to give-away 400 hundred backpacks full of school supplies.

Major Donald Tekautz says being able to provide children with new material for the start of the school year plays a valuable part in giving children a sense of pride.

“Healing Baton Rouge has to come from a lot of us and there’s a lot of need in Baton Rouge,” says Tekautz.

From snow-cones to hot dogs, the event provided the community essential back to school necessities and family-fun.

“After the last year we’ve been through, what a great day to get ready for kids to get hopefully back in a classroom,” said Tekautz.   

Tekautz stresses that the annual event funded by donations helps make sure kids feel good about starting the new school year.

15-year-old volunteer Lemak Guedry says it was important for him to sacrifice his weekend to help his community.

“I could be doing anything, but I decided to come out here and do something for everybody, and just help,” says Guedry.  

The event was able to supply children in the age range of Pre-K to 8th Grade with brand new material just days before the new school year.

For anyone interested in donating to The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge please visit

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