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SIU Police give away backpacks full of school supplies

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than a hundred kids received backpacks full of school supplies, all made possible by a group of Southern Illinois University police officers. 

Sarah Orduz will be going into the eight grade at Unity Point in Carbondale."I love literature, I really like to read," the 13-year-old says. 

Orduz is one of the 107 school-aged children living in Evergreen Terrace to receive backpacks filled with school supplies like pencils, pens, folders and rulers. Officers chose to donate to those living at the complex since it houses dozens of university students who have children. 

Officer Heather Pendley, who organized the event, says generous donors made it possible. "We had monetary donations and we had actual donations. We had an anonymous donor donate almost 85 backpacks. They were the bigger ones, so we figured they would be better for the older kids that had more supplies." 

The donations helped take a financial burden off university students like Juan Prado, who's also a parent to two children. "It is wonderful because most of us are international students and so this is a great help," he explains. 

Prado says his kids are equally as grateful for the generosity, "They are so happy for the school supplies." 

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