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WRPS' Backpack Challenge wrapping up (4 photos)

The total amount of donations will be released later this week
According to Waterloo Regional Police, over 700 backpacks and lunch bags have been collected so far this year - with more on the way.
Regional police were out in the community this morning, bringing backpacks and school supplies to children who need them.
Cherri Greeno, Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Information with the WRPS, says police started deliveries at family and children services, a few community centres around the region and finally went to downtown Kitchener. "We met up with some children who were outside and their parents, and talked to them and it was really just a fun time to see the smiles on the kids faces. One little girl started shouting at the top of her lungs 'this is the best day ever!' and it was just heartwarming and really exciting to see the smiles on the childrens faces."
Greeno says the community response this year has been absolutely incredbile.
"I think people generally can look back and remember when they were younger and that first day of school and the excitement that you had going with your new backpack, showing it off to your friends. Even today at Mill-Courtland, there were probably about 30 students there just going through the backpacks and choosing their own and laughing and giggling, and then choosing some of their own school supplies that they needed. The excitement in the room was just an inspiration to everyone and to all of our officers that were there."
She also says, although the campaign technically ends Wednesday, there is still time this week to make a donation.
Meanwhile, police will continue to make deliveries throughout the week.


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