Made possible by public donations of backpacks and gift card donations from Target and the Walmart store located on Troup Highway, Tyler Public Library employees delivered backpacks filled with personal care items to the Church Under a Bridge on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Library staff also gave free book coupons to the children. These coupons were redeemable for free books made possible by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library.
Ashley Taylor, circulation supervisor at Tyler Public Library, said, “The people receiving these backpacks were very gracious.  I just wish I had more to give.”
To make these donations an ongoing event to give back to the community, the Tyler Public Library will be accepting gently-used or new backpacks and personal care items throughout the year. Please bring donated items to the Tyler Public Library’s circulation desk at 201 S. College Ave.
For questions concerning this project, or if you are a company who would like to donate materials to fill these backpacks, please call Tyler Public Library at (903) 593-7323.