Annual CHOP giveaway helps patients get excited to go back to school

Hadas Kuznits
August 16, 2019 - 4:10 pm
CHOP's annual back to school drive

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kids in West Philadelphia got ready for school Friday afternoon during a big celebration, thanks to a special initiative from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital patients received free back to school backpacks at their annual school supply back to school giveaway celebration.

Becki Fogerty with CHOP says all the items were bought and donated by the hospital’s employees.

“Yeah, we do this every year,” Fogerty said. “For a month we collect backpacks and school supplies. It’s part of our employee resource groups initiatives, so these are all volunteer employees who come together to make a difference in the community.”

Geraldine Fairbanks of West Philadelphia says she was thankful for the event.

“Well it just helps us because we have a lot of stuff to take care of before the school year and this just helps take off some of the pressure,” Fairbanks said.

CHOP's annual back to school drive
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She says this annual event gets her daughter excited for school.

“She was so happy, you should’ve seen her face,” Fairbanks explained. “She was like, ‘Mommy, I got a prize!’”

Shakila Moten from Southwest Philadelphia says the backpacks were stuffed with supplies.

“The books, the kids’ toothbrushes and stuff,” she said. “They appreciate it, and so do I.”