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Troup Family Connection Authority Hosts Repack the Backpack Event

Jared Boggs

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On Saturday, Troup Family Connection Authority hosted a Repack the Backpack event to provide free school supplies to in-need students. A collaborative effort, the event drew a crowd of supporters and community volunteers.

“Amerigroup is sponsoring it, and they’re partnered with Troup Family Connection Authority,” said coordinator and executive director Mandy Hill. Also on site was Get Troup Reading, an initiative working to promote childhood literacy in Troup County.

Hill noted that while Saturday’s event was a first for Troup Family Connection Authority, the group hopes to do more in the future.

“This is our first Repack the Backpack,” she said. “But hopefully we’ll be able to do another one in the fall and then one again in January of next year.”

Free school supplies were offered in a safe and contactless manner, with free masks and hand sanitizer being offered to all in attendance. The event took place at the Coleman Community Center at 701 Lincoln Street across from the Troup County Health Department in LaGrange.

The Repack the Backpack event falls in line with Troup Family Connection Authority’s goal of “bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families” as stated on the organization’s official site. This year’s Repack the Backpack helped provide relief to many across the county who are still struggling with the economic impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Those wishing to contact Troup Family Connection Authority may do so on their Facebook page at facebook.com/troupfamilyconnection, on their website at troup.gafacp.org, or by email at [email protected]

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