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      Last week to register for Backpack Giveaway

      Mary Nelson's annual family BBQ and backpack giveaway is next Saturday (August 16), and in this last week she's looking for more recipients to sign up, and for donations as well.

      This is the 13th year for the giveaway, and again this year, the event is at South Salina Street and Wood Avenue, on Syracuse's South Side, but Nelson points out it serves many, many more students than just South Side residents (last year, 21-thousand).

      Again this year, there will be an emphasis on family involvement in education: parents are expected to 'shop' along with their students for supplies.

      If you hope to receive supplies, you need to sign up, at the Mary Nelson Youth Center at 2849 South Salina, or call 422-2448 for information. You also need proof (last June's report card) that you are in school.

      Volunteers are welcome to sort/help distribute/help cook and more.

      Donations are welcome too, from school supplies to clothes (gently used or new)--including t shirts and other keep warm undergarments.

      The 'event' runs 11am to 6pm, with a youth parade at noon. It is so big, that traffic in the area gets detoured, so plan ahead!