Mary Nelson in need of backpacks for annual giveaway

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Mary Nelson needs more donations for annual giveaway_92331641

Mary Nelson’s annual Youth Day Barbeque and Backpack giveaway is only days away but Nelson tells NewsChannel 9 she is short of backpacks for seventh, eighth and ninth graders.

The giveaway is in need of roughly another 2,000 backpacks, plus extra school supplies to fill them.

“I feel so behind because I’m still grieving my brother and now I lost my sister, my last sibling,” said Nelson.

Nelson lost her sister Sabrina, and last remaining family member, on Aug. 4.

The grief caused her to fall behind on organizing the event and donations to fall short.

“It’s hard, it’s really, really hard to be going this year standing alone by myself,” admitted Nelson.

If you’re interested in donating, items can be brought to Mary Nelson’s Youth Center at the corner of S. Salina and Wood Avenue.

The giveaway kicks off Saturday at the center with a parade at 11 a.m. followed by the giveaway at 1 p.m. 

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