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St. John's Episcopal Church and partners provide filled backpacks and


Last updated 8/23/2018 at 8:32am

St. John's Episcopal Church helps local children get a head start on the new school year with filled backpacks and new books. Pictured with their new backpacks are from left to right, Abayomi Martinez, grandmother Hortencia Aguilar and Kenneth Martinez.

FALLBROOK – Nearly 400 students from needy families received filled backpacks and a free new book Saturday, July 28, at a distribution party at the Fallbrook Food Pantry. The Backpack Project is sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church, but many community businesses, organizations and individual volunteers pitch in to help, (see thank-you ad on this page).

"The main fundraiser is St. John's annual Luau for Backpacks, which was a rousing success – and a lot of work," Outreach Chair Michael McCormick said. "But this makes it all worthwhile."

He gestured toward the hundreds of young boys...

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