AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — RJO Racing in Amarillo announced its 2nd annual “806 Backpack Giveaway” event set from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 30 and located at 2795 SW 45th at 806 Cars.
Steven Lively, owner of RJO Racing said this year’s backpack giveaway will be even bigger than last year’s after the incredible response that they had.
“We went through 500 backpacks in about 45 minutes. There were people who slept in their cars overnight at the event just to make sure they got a backpack. That really hit home knowing that there are people in need in the community, so we wanted to step in up a bit this year and grow it and give back a little bit more,” said Lively.
Lively said each backpack is filled with 30 different school supplies such as pencils, folders, and notebook paper and that giveaway will be for pre-k through 6th-grade students.
And Lively said it may not be all the school supplies, someone, needs, but it’s a good start.
“I mean backpacks are expensive. We were at the store there and they were $40, $50 a piece now and just being able to take some of that financial burden off the parents and help them out. As a parent, we go through it as well, and just being able to help others and take a little bit of that off is a great feeling,” said Lively.
Lively said the backpack drive was something his daughter Rylee Jo wanted to do to give back to the community.
“Seeing the things she does for the community, she does this backpack drive, she has a toy drive around Christmas that we have done the last couple of years, a can food drive at Thanksgiving. Just seeing her want to give back and want to make her community better is awesome,” said Lively.
He added that people that they helped last year also wanted to pitch in and help this year and give back.
RJO Racing added that anyone interested in volunteering for the event can Facebook message Steven Lively or Ashley Lively.