Several children at the Community Action for Safe Alternatives (CASA) received a surprise back-to-school gift from Massport. Each of them were given a backpack filled with school supplies and clothing to get them ready for the first day of classes.
“To see the faces of these children light up reminds me why Massport does this each year,” said Massport Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs Alaina Coppola. “We want to help these students build their confidence and self-esteem and encourage them to look forward to the new school year. We also want to send a strong message that others care about them and their education, despite the challenges their families may face.”
The giveaway was part of Massport’s 11th annual Backpack Project for Children aimed at assisting homeless families and families in need. This year, about 100 Massport employees donated the items and volunteered their time to fill the backpacks.
“Massport has been a great supporter of CASA,” said LeighAnn Eruzione, Director of Diversion. “The Backpack Project means so much to the families we serve and has made such a positive impact on the lives of the children who come through our doors.”
In all, 65 students from the different organizations benefitted from the project this year. The children range in age between 4 to 17.