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Free summer play packs passed out to Buffalo children

The idea started as an idea to keep kids healthy with many organized sports canceled and recreation centers closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Allentown Association partnered with multiple local organizations to pass out summer play packs this weekend as an initiative to keep young people active.

The organization packed 200 backpacks full of sports and other outdoor play items as a way to help kids stay moving this summer. The idea started as an idea to keep kids healthy with many organized sports canceled and recreation centers closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The play packs were made in conjunction with Project Play WNY, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Victory Sports.

The drive-thru event took place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, near Kleinhans Music Hall. The distribution was scheduled to run until noon or when all the packs were distributed. 

One pack per vehicle was passed out, regardless of how many children are in the household. Everybody who attended was asked to wear a face-covering while picking up the bag.