NEW BRITAIN - Cousins Timothy and Torrence Conaway and the New Britain Police Union, Local 1165, are teaming up again to provide hundreds of backpacks to city children.
Saturday and Sunday, police officers and volunteers from the Conaways’ community organization, the Training and Motivation Center, will be outside the Target store on Hartford Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to fill a police cruiser with backpacks and supplies.
“It’s a great cause,” said Sgt. David Mocarsky, vice president of the union. “We’re hoping to get a lot of supplies for kids in need for the coming school year.”
The union and the training center are hoping to collect not only backpacks but school supplies, including pencils, paper, pens and markers, during the stuff-a-cruiser event.
Children in kindergarten through eighth grade must come with their parents on Aug. 25 to receive a backpack during a free barbecue at Blaze Barber Shop at 631 W. Main St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food will be provided by Angelo’s Market. Backpacks are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is the fifth year the cousins will provide 400 city children with much needed school supplies. “Each year people are waiting for us,” Timothy Conaway said. “I’ve seen kids come all five years, that’s the joy I get out of it. Two weeks later I’ll be in Stop & Shop and a lady will say, ‘You’re the guy,’ and she’ll say, ‘Do you know how much money you saved me?”’
Supplies will be accepted at Blaze Barber Shop, Powerhouse Gym in Berlin and Malibu Fitness in Farmington from now until Aug. 24.
A school supply donation event will take place on Aug. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at KC’s on Main, 2 Main St. Anyone who brings a school supply donation will get $1 off their meal. The community is welcome to attend the Aug. 24 event.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.