Backpack Giveaway


Leilani Matthews, 5, left, and her sister, Natalia Glover, 3, get excited about picking up their backpacks during the Back to School Bash at Paddock Mall on Saturday, August 8, 2020. 5,000 backpacks, school supplies and 25,000 masks were donated to students and their families to assist in their return to school, which starts in Ocala and Marion County on August 24. Community leaders, volunteers and representatives from AdventHealth, Paddock Mall and even WWE Super Star Titus O’Neil were on hand for the back to school celebration. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted August 14, 2020 | Photography by Bruce Ackerman

5,000 backpacks, school supplies and 25,000 masks were donated to students and their families to assist in their return to school, which starts in Ocala and Marion County on August 24. Community leaders, volunteers and representatives from AdventHealth, Paddock Mall and even WWE Super Star Titus O’Neil were on hand for the back to school celebration.