Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 21, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBFamilies line the East Fourth Street sidewalk while waiting their turn to collect free backpacks for students who will be heading back to school this month. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBFamilies line the East Fourth Street sidewalk while waiting their turn to collect free backpacks for students who will be heading back to school this month.
St. Luke’s community health nurse practitioner Anita Desai and healthy initiatives family liaison outreach worker Marina Geigel offer community health service resources to one of the hundreds of area residents who attended. St. Luke’s community health nurse practitioner Anita Desai and healthy initiatives family liaison outreach worker Marina Geigel offer community health service resources to one of the hundreds of area residents who attended.
Representing her employer, the law firm of HGSK, City Councilmember Olga Negron prepares a packet of handouts for Lidia Delgado and her family. Delgado resides in Easton. Representing her employer, the law firm of HGSK, City Councilmember Olga Negron prepares a packet of handouts for Lidia Delgado and her family. Delgado resides in Easton.
Maria Martinez hands a backpack to 13-year-old Bethlehem resident Jesus Mendoza. Radio station La Mega 99.5 sponsored the event and provided over 500 backpacks filled with school supplies. Maria Martinez hands a backpack to 13-year-old Bethlehem resident Jesus Mendoza. Radio station La Mega 99.5 sponsored the event and provided over 500 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Christian Ramirez, owner of Merge Barber School and Metro Barber Shop, gives 12 year old Laquell Leftwich of Bethlehem a back to school trim. Christian Ramirez, owner of Merge Barber School and Metro Barber Shop, gives 12 year old Laquell Leftwich of Bethlehem a back to school trim.

Community partners give away

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by Dana Grubb Special to the Bethlehem Press in School

500 backpacks, school supplies

Hispanic radio station La Mega 99.5, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Pennsylvania Career Link, H.G.S.K. P.C., Merge Barber School, Gateway Health, and JCS Professional Staffing, Inc. combined to provide over 500 backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and handouts to area families with school age children Aug. 17 at the Fowler Community Wellness Center.

La Mega 99.5 owner and morning show host Victor Martinez said each student would receive the backpack of their choice, each of which contained school supplies such as rulers, pencils, notebooks and glue, and a certificate for a free McDonald’s ‘Happy Meal.’

Families used a passport to visit individual sponsor stations, which was completed and turned in for a student backpack. Each student also qualified to receive a free haircut courtesy of the Merge Barber School.

Hispanic Center executive director Victoria Montero said any backpacks left over would be distributed to local schools.