Moving Forward to host backpack giveaway at Richmond museum

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Moving Forward to host backpack giveaway at Richmond museum
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By Molly Myman

As part of its mission to help provide local students with the tools they need to be successful, Moving Forward is hosting its annual backpack giveaway at the Richmond Museum of History & Culture on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 3p.m.

The organization says it will distribute 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need from grades K-6.

Children must be present to receive a backpack, which will be prioritized for those who are most in need, according to Moving Forward. Event sponsors include Modish Event Decor and the Contra Costa Association of Realtors in addition to the museum.

On the same day, the organization will honor its 2021 Scholarship recipients at a private ceremony for students and their families. A $500 Humanitarian Award, a $1,000 Main Grant and a $1,500 Community Leader Award will be given as part of the annual scholarship program. Applicants had to meet certain academic requirements and demonstrate their involvement in community service, including through participation in Moving Forward events.

Since its launch in 2017, Moving Forward has provided over $15,000 in scholarships, in addition to backpacks and school supplies, and has hosted a variety of community workshops, activities and volunteer events.

Donations for the backpack giveaway and future Moving Forward initiatives can be made here.

For more information, contact Forourfuture5k@gmail.com or (510) 478-3167.