Book Bag & Supplies Drive Giveaway

District News

Brooklyn, NY- on Saturday, August 25, 2018, In the midst of the sweltering summer heat, kids heading back to school might be the last thing on a parent’s mind — but it’s closer than anyone might think.

The Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District wants to help with the inevitable expenses involved with children returning to class by giving away book bags and school supplies.

This year’s Back 2 School Book-Bag Giveaway is scheduled for 12 Noon on Aug. 25th at Marcy Plaza (corner of Marcy Ave. and Fulton Street), in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

“We will distribute approximately 250 book bags and are accepting monetary donations or in-kind donations of supplies to fill the bags,” said Medina Sadiq, Executive Director of the BID. “It’s a first-come, firstserved basis. Kids that walk up first get a book bag until they’re all gone.”

This wonderful program was started because of the need in the community and the BID’s commitment to education and the community-at-large.

“There is a tremendous need for assistance in this community and we here at the BID are willing to help meet the need one child at a time,” Sadiq said. “The property owners and merchants who make up the BID desired and wanted to assist the community they serve by hosting the book bag drive to help. We want to the young people succeed in life.”

“This is a family event for people to come out and receive a book bag and enjoy great food and entertainment,” Ms. Sadiq said.

Volunteers who want to help pass out book bags and civic organizations or businesses that want to participate in the Aug. 25th event can contact Lynette Battle at or 718-872-3405.