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For Immediate Release
News Date: August 18, 2021

Community Giveaway Helps Families in Need

COLUMBUS – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will host a community giveaway this weekend. This drive-thru event will provide free food, book bags, shoes and toiletries to residents. The event is open to all community members, though students must be present to receive a book bag. 

What: Because We Care Community Giveaway

When: Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Far East Community Center, 1826 Lattimer Drive, 43227

"Many residents in our community are still struggling with the effects of the pandemic, and are having challenges buying basic supplies," said Eric Brandon, assistant director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's Youth and Family Development Division. "Families are gearing up for in-person learning, and this is a way to reduce stress and help them get the school year off to a good start."

The event is hosted by Columbus Recreation and Parks in partnership with Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Eta Omega Chapter, Iota Sweethearts Inc., Corrupted Public Records and Lindsay Honda. Partners include: 

  • Far East Neighborhood Pride Center
  • Columbus Division of Police
  • God’s Hygiene Help Center
  • East Columbus Business Association
  • Greater South East Area Commission
  • Greater Eastside Coalition
  • Mideast Area Commission
  • Far East Area Commission
  • CelebrateOne
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Vertiv-Controller Finance Group