CBS 3 and ABC 6 Highlights Gary Barbera Backs the Backpacks Schoolbag Giveaway in Northeast Philadelphia


Philadelphia, PA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/07/2021 --Gary Barbera and his BarberaCares© Programs along with Philly's famous mascot, the Barbera Bear once again joined PA State Representative Jared Solomon for the Annual Gary Barbera Backs the Backpacks Back to School Backpack Giveaway in Philadelphia.

A few years ago, State Representative Jared Solomon called upon Jeep dealer Gary Barbera to ask for a couple hundred backpacks to assist the Northeast Philadelphia community at the start of the school year. Gary Barbera and His BarberaCares Program answered the call. Years and 1000's upon 1000's of Backpacks later the Annual Gary Barbera Backs the Backpack Tour continues to grow.

Principals, teachers, and parents from diverse and under-resourced schools contact Jared Solomon's office asking for book bag donations for their students. "Going back to school costs money especially during these times of covid, financial hardship is a reality for many of our neighbors. It's Barbera Cares pleasure to be able to put some smiles on the children's faces while alleviating some of the financial stress felt by their parents. Each year the need for this type of assistance gets larger. A brand new backpack for school helps get the school year started in the right direction and we are happy to be apart of it." said Gary Barbera.

Solomon and Barbera have joined together for countless community betterment initiatives and celebratory community gatherings. Both have longstanding roots in Northeast Philadelphia -it's not just work and business, it's family, friends, and neighbors helping neighbors.

Gary Barbera says, "Representative Solomon truly is committed to every single citizen of his district. He truly cares about everyone and each of his or her individual struggles. Our BarberaCares Program can't be everything to everybody but we help out where we can."

The BarberaCares Program of Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard has donated over 7,000 Schoolbag Backpacks this school year alone. The Barbera Bear was on site at the various schools such as Woodrow Wilson and Ziegler as well as the Strawberry Mansion Community Gun Buy Back Event entertaining the children and lent his paws to help distribute Barbera Back the Backpacks!

Below you will find direct links to 2 of Barbera Cares Gary Barbera Backs the Backpacks Giveaway local news stories :

CBS 3 - Gary Barbera joins PA State Rep. Jared Solomon gives 100's of bags at Ziegler

ABC 6- Gary Barbera donates 1000 bookbags to Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Gary Barbera Backs the Backpacks Annual Tour Lineup:

Back to Back to Back to Back to Back Schools and Events:

Cedar Grove Elementary
Ziegler Elementary
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Moore Elementary
Gilbert Spruance K- 8 th Grade
Strawberry Mansion North Philadelphia Community Barbera Bookbags and Gun Buyback
Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
Kennedy Crossan Elementary

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About Gary Barbera, Philly's Famous Bear™ and their Barbera Cares Programs©
Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is enhanced by our over 3 Decades of Barbera Cares© Programs of community service and philanthropy and Philly's famous Barbera Bear™. We are passionate about our Hometown Heroes who we feature on our Environmentally Friendly Green UP & Clean UP Solar Powered Recycling Kiosks- SRK's. Our PSA's focus on Distracted Driving Don't Text and Drive Displays and Keeping the Boulevard Safe Collaborations, Philabundance, AACR- American Association for Cancer Research, Roxborough and NE Family YMCA's. 1000's of Book Bags, Turkeys, Food Boxes, Laptops and Winter Coats have been hand delivered to underserved neighborhoods like Strawberry Mansion. Proud Inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway state-wide clean up initiative from the ground up and we champion Philly's finest and our Veteran's for their service and sacrifice. The Barbera Bear is EVERYWHERE! Representing our Barbera Brands leading parades, bringing smiles for miles on the faces of children and entertaining while contributing to our communities.

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