EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Taylor and City Council authorized a community contribution of backpacks and school supplies in anticipation of school opening next month; knowing many families simply cannot afford the expense of furnishing all the needed supplies. The appreciation was evident yesterday as dozens of families came out to City Hall to participate in the annual Backpack Giveaway.

The event was facilitated by the East Orange Recreation Department staff, headed by Director, Osner Charles, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and even members of the armed forces as a collaborative demonstration of community support. 

Though the lines were long and the evening quite warm, the families patiently waited for the backpacks to be distributed to the grateful youngsters.

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In addition, the Mayor made a formal announcement that the City is partnering with Nassan’s Place to launch Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver provides battery-powered tracking bracelets to families affected by Autism to help locate wandering children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other cognitive impairments.

The mission of Project Lifesaver is to use state-of-the-art technology to find people with Alzheimer’s disease, other memory disorders (such as dementia), or Autistic children who may be prone to wander.

Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, founder of Nassan’s Place, an East Orange based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by Autism in and around urban inner cities in Essex County noted her appreciation for the mayor and City Council for the partnership.  She and her staff manned tables registering families in need of the tracking brackets at no cost.