Quincy alderwoman collecting donations for 2018 Backpack Challenge


    Quincy alderwoman collecting donations for 2018 Backpack Challenge

    A Quincy alderwoman wants to make sure kids in her neighborhood have what they need for the first day of school.

    Ward 7 Alderwoman Terri Heinecke started collecting backpacks for children two years ago after she saw some going to school with plastic bags.

    Her 2016 goal was to collect 50 to 75 bags but ended up collecting 102.

    This year, she's trying to collect 450 back packs along with other necessities needed to go in them.

    Heinecke described the response she received during the first year of her back pack challenge.

    "A little 7-year-old boy came up and he said 'Now I don't have to get teased because I have a real backpack like everyone else,'" Heinecke explained. "I just had to walk away after I hugged him. I just had to walk away because it was a real tearjerker."

    So far, Heinecke has collected 174 backpacks.

    She's trying to collect 257 more by August 5.

    You can drop off donations at 1007 Monroe Street in Quincy.

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