With the start of the school year just around the corner, Region parents are scrambling to get their kids equipped with all the supplies they need to tackle their studies. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hosts an annual event to help those parents, their Back to School Backpack Giveaway, which they hosted once again on Saturday morning.
The law firm purchased 500 backpacks and packed each full of supplies, including: pencils, markers, crayons, rulers, folders, and other essentials. Families in need were invited to the drive-thru giveaway at Hidden Lake Park, where each group could claim up to four backpacks.
“There’s just such a need for this in the community,” said Arianna Baiz, Outreach Director for Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. “Back to school time is often an exciting time for kids, but can also be a stressful time for their parents or guardians that are trying to find the funds to buy the supplies they need. We want to help take that burden off of the families.”
The giveaway started at 8 a.m., but some families lined up in wait nearly an hour early. The Lerner and Rowe team was joined by volunteer students and staff from the Merrillville High School Boys Basketball Team, who will begin their classes next week.
“Seeing that anticipation is exciting for sure,” said Jonathan Faust, Managing Attorney at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. “I think we have an awesome team, and everyone has a heart to help the community. I feel blessed that the community has accepted us as part of their own and come to us for help. Whenever we get the chance, our team members want to get out there and make a difference.”
Due to COVID-19, there was initially some concern at Lerner and Rowe that they might not be able to host the giveaway this year. However, by collaborating with the Ross Township staff at Hidden Lake Park, they were able to make the event safe for everyone involved.
“I think it’s great that we were able to get here and help these families out right now,” said Mandie Biggs, Human Resource Manager at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. “It’s been kind of a dark world lately, so any light they can find is an important reminder that there are still people out there who want to help you.”
Biggs noted that the firm’s charitable culture starts at the top.
“Glen Lerner and Kevin Rowe are very giving men, and they hire people that share those same values and morals,” she said. “It’s such a great company, and I couldn’t be more thankful to work for a company that has a culture like this that lets us give back.”
To learn more about Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, visit them at lernerandrowe.com. For more information about their charitable efforts, visit lernerandrowegivesback.com.