Program also provides health screenings and haircuts
By Sheri Gassaway
Sunset Hills – Laborers Local 110 helped hundreds of its members ease the financial burden of back-to-school expenses with its annual Backpack Drive.
Local 110 gave away 400 LiUNA-logoed backpacks containing $6,000 in school supplies to union members’ children at the annual event Saturday, Aug. 9, and Local 110’s new union hall in Sunset Hills.
Carole Meier, Local 110 office manager and the event’s organizer, said the backpacks were given to children in preschool through 12h grade and even a few college students.
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The event also featured free haircuts, free blood pressure and blood work screenings for adults and a sand-art table for children.
Meier said union members were notified of the event through postcards.
“The barbers were a big hit,” she said. “They were busy all day and offered to come to next year’s event.”
Meier said the event began eight years ago when the job market crashed, and working families found themselves urgently in need of help.
“It’s grown bigger and bigger each year,” she said.