By Bobby Bryant, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Douglas is a truck driver, but this was not his usual delivery.
When he stopped in Society Hill a couple of weeks ago, he brought backpacks for students.
Seventy-five backpacks, to be exact. Enough for about half the students at Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School.
Douglas, 36, a Society Hill native who now lives in Columbia, had wanted to do something like this for his hometown for a while. “I’d been wanting to do (something), but I couldn’t afford to do it,” he said.
He tried to make this happen last year, but the funds weren’t there. This year, they were, and so he began buying up backpacks – not all at once, but a few here, a few there. In lots of different colors.
Once he’d accumulated 75 book bags, he dropped them off at Rosenwald, the school he had attended as a kid. Classes hadn’t resumed yet, but children and parents were there for fall registration.
“Everybody was so excited,” Douglas said. “I got great feedback. I do appreciate the love I got. . . . That was awesome, because they needed it.”
School staff members laid out the backpacks on tables so students would be able to pick their own.
When he was a Rosenwald student, Douglas said, sometimes money was tight. “Sometimes, I couldn’t get a book bag (for school),” he said. “But we were always taught to be rich in your heart.”
“I’m glad I finally got a chance to do (this),” Douglas said. “You never forget those who hold out a helping hand.”