Backpacks stuffed with school supplies given to Pacoima area youths


Backpacks stuffed with school supplies given to Pacoima area youths
  1. Backpacks stuffed with school supplies given to Pacoima area youths
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    Tamela Nelson of Lake View Terrace did not take it for granted Saturday when her two young children received free backpacks stuffed with school supplies."As a single mother it offsets the costs of things I'd have to provide for them," Nelson, 40, said outside the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima while her children Kayla and Jacob happily looked inside their book…
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Tamela Nelson talks with Ngozi Ra at the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Kappa Nu Sigma San Fernando Alumnae Chapter kick off of a new school year by distributing school supplies to children at Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, in Pacoima, Saturday, August 12, 2017. They handed out 500 backpacks as part of the sorority’s national service program, Operation Big Book Bag. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)

Tamela Nelson of Lake View Terrace did not take it for granted Saturday when her two young children received free backpacks stuffed with school supplies.

“As a single mother it offsets the costs of things I’d have to provide for them,” Nelson, 40, said outside the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima while her children Kayla and Jacob happily looked inside their book bags. “So I’m appreciative of the help.”

The women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Kappa Nu Sigma San Fernando Alumnae Chapter began a new sorority year Saturday distributing backpacks to San Fernando Valley youths.

Kanika White, a spokeswoman for the local chapter, said about 300 yellow backpacks filled with pencils, markers, notepads, pens and other items were given out. The school drive is part of the sorority’s national service program called Operation Big Book Bag, White said.

“Each year, the local chapters have the opportunity to provide backpacks with school supplies and necessary study materials to help kids get their school year off to a great start,” White explained.

Families lined up before the event began at 10 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club off Glenoaks Boulevard and supplies were handed out on a first come, first served basis.

Among the youths getting a backpack was Kalijah Villero, 10, of Winnetka, who was thrilled to take home the ruler and notebooks inside.

“Those are my two favorite things,” said Kalijah, as she prepares for the new school year at Portolla Middle School in Tarzana. “Because math I need help with and then writing I love the most.”

Her brother Jacob Villero, 12, who also attends Portolla but is in the seventh…

Tamela Nelson talks with Ngozi Ra at the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Kappa Nu Sigma San Fernando Alumnae Chapter kick off of a new school year by distributing school supplies to children at Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, in Pacoima, Saturday, August 12, 2017. They handed out 500 backpacks as part of the sorority’s national service program, Operation Big Book Bag. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)
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