Thousands of backpacks given away at back-to-school event in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Thousands of people received free backpacks at a back-to-school event for needy families in Greensboro.

Hundreds of volunteers and police gave away at least 6,000 backpacks Saturday morning at the Greensboro Coliseum, according to Greensboro Police Spokesperson Susan Danielsen.

Danielsen said the event, which was organized by Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Greensboro Police Department, had to close early because of the high turnout.

The volunteers distributed backpacks, served as guides, ran a bounce house and served food as part of Operation PASS.

“Operation PASS is truly a community event,” said Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott, according to a prepared statement. “Although it was started by the Greensboro Police Department four years ago, it has grown to involve so many great partners that it now belongs to the entire city. Adding community volunteers just amplifies the spirit of commitment to helping our young people succeed in school.”