St. Augustine High School students give "Blessings in a Backpack"

The "Blessings in a Backpack." non-profit provides non-parishable snacks every Friday to any children who qualify.

The organization provides non-parishable snacks in a backpack every Friday to any children who qualify.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Backpacks are usually filled with textbooks, notebooks, and pencils, but what about blessings?

Students from St. Augustine High School assisted the local non-profit "Blessings in a Backpack." The organization provides non-parishable snacks in a backpack every Friday to any children who qualify.

"They can get food at their schools during the week, but during the weekend they go hungry," said volunteer Sergio Rodriquez. "So it's good to give back to them through 'Blessings in a Backpack.'"

"We have macaroni and cheese, Pop Tarts, fruit snacks, oatmeal, cereal...just different items so that children can have something to eat on the weekend," said Program Coordinator Francine Rodriquez.

Blessings in a Backpack started serving 50 children in January 2010, and now currently services 200 children around the community.

"As a club, we decided to spread awareness of childhood hunger around Laredo, and around El Cenizo and Zapata," said Sergio. "We're just trying to give back to the community and spread that awareness around Laredo as well."

"We're always in need of volunteers to come help us pack," said Francine. "We're in need of donations, food drives, pretty much anything that has to do with collecting the healthy snacks that we provide the children."

If you want to volunteer or donate to Blessings in a Backpack, contact Francine Rodriquez at 956-251-2677.


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