News 12 hosts backpack giveaway to start the school year in Brooklyn

News 12 partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to give away backpacks and school supplies to kids attending their afterschool programs in Brooklyn on Monday. 
This partnership with the nonprofit, Optimum and Discovery comes along with the news that a school supply shortage has been hitting all parts of the country. Those who go to the event will get crayons, pencils, masks, notebooks, and a water bottle.
News 12 spoke with the site director for the Boys and Girls Club, Denys Salas, on why this giveaway is important for the students. She says this brings back some normalcy in their lives because they would always have a backpack drive before the school year.
The giveaway kicked off at 3:15 p.m. at the Madison Square location on Nassau Street.