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Zone 8 goes all out for Detroit students



By Phreddy Wischusen
The Michigan Citizen

On Aug. 2, back to school fever will sweep 500 Detroit children in the Zone 8 neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. Yusef Shakur, founder of Restoring the Neighbor to the Hood, has organized the neighborhood’s 10th backpack giveaway from 1-6 p.m. at 2243 Ferry Park.

In addition to the giveaway, there will be live entertainment and free food for all.

“Everyone talks about what’s wrong with Detroit,” Shakur says, “but an event like this spells out what’s right… In one of the most depopulated and depressed areas of Detroit, on that day, there’s peace, love and hope.”

Shakur says he welcomes people from across Detroit and the metro region to donate backpacks and school supplies.

“The Backpack Giveaway is about serving and impacting the community,” says Shakur. “Its about love and it’s about hope, but it’s about practically being able to demonstrate those things to our community…”

Call Shakur at 313.459.6008 to donate supplies.


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