QUEENS, NY – With the new school year around the corner, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. is urging Queens residents to donate backpacks and other school supplies as part of the Queens Borough President’s Office’s annual effort to provide children in need with items that will help them succeed in the classroom.

“COVID-19 has been extraordinarily rough on Queens families, especially those with school-age children who had to struggle continuing their education as best they can while also taking the necessary measures to protect themselves from the virus,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our backpack and school supply donation drive will make life a little easier for many of these hard-working families by providing them with the tools kids need to get the upcoming school year off to a great start.”

Borough President Richards’ office will accept donations of new backpacks and other school supplies from Monday, August 16 through Wednesday, September 1 at Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Donations can be dropped off in a box located on the first floor of Borough Hall next to the security desk in the lobby, which is just inside the building’s main entrance on Queens Boulevard. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.

In addition to backpacks, needed supplies include #2 pencils, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, crayons, pens, colored pencils, washable markers, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, composition notebooks, 1.5” and 1” binders, ruled paper, safety scissors, rulers, pocket folders, and scientific calculators.

Queens Borough Hall can be easily reached by mass transit by taking the E or F subway lines to the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike station.

Members of the public seeking additional information about the donation drive should email [email protected].

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