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Foundation gives filled backpacks to district students

The Michael Ann & Saquon Barkley Hope Foundation sponsored a backpack and gym bag giveaway for students in Whitehall-Coplay School District Aug. 24 at Jefferson Street Playground, 901 Jefferson St., Whitehall.

The foundation’s volunteers gave away more than 300 bags containing hygiene items during the two-hour event. Pizza, refreshments and snacks were provided to those attending.

Alberta Scarfaro was the leader of the gathering that also included Saquon Barkley’s mother, Tonya Johnson; Rasheen Jenkins; Konnie Krasenics; and Chantel Jenkins. The volunteer team assisted the kids as they selected colorful backpacks and gym bags for the school year.

The foundation’s mission is to support the goals of youth to excel in academia and athletics. The foundation strives to provide scholarships, education and athletics guidance. Its purpose is to supply assistance to children, adolescents and young adults who have a strong desire to successfully move forward.

Johnson is proud of the development of the foundation created by her son, Barkley, and the team as she actively works to forward the aims of the foundation. She said Barkley, from an early age, has been sensitive to youngsters in need and has been a role model for youth aspiring to academic and athletics success dating back to when he was a football and basketball standout at Whitehall High School.

Barkley begins his fifth year as a star running back for the New York Giants. During his first year in the NFL, he attained the Offensive Rookie of the Year designation. Barkley has been hampered by some injuries the last few years but anticipates his fifth season will be a success for him on the gridiron.

Visit masbhopefoundation.com for more information, to join or contribute to the 501(c)3 foundation. All contributions are tax deductible.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Layla Rivera, Divinity Rivera, Emilia Dillman and Azriah Rivera pick up some backpacks at the Michael Ann & Saquon Barkley Hope Foundation-sponsored event Aug. 24 at Jefferson Street Playground, 901 Jefferson St., Whitehall. Gym bags were also offered to those who needed them.
Konnie Krasenics explains to Kai Davis that he is too young to get a backpack.
Konnie Krasenics, Alberta Scarfaro, Tonya Johnson, Chantel Jenkins and Rasheen Jenkins team up at the backpack giveaway to help it run smoothly. Inside the backpacks and gym bags were hygiene items.