By Anne Eickstadt

Police officers Lopez and Brox are stationed at a table, surrounded by kids handing out books to anyone who wants one.


Kids and moms gathered at General Mills Park Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18 for an event co-sponsored by Redemption Church, the YMCA, and the Belvidere Police Department.

“We just had the idea,” said Pastor Adam Reardon, that with school starting up, that we wanted to bless some families and help them get a jumpstart on the school year. Jen Jacky from the YMCA and Officer Tim suggested we do it at General Mills Park.

“We partnered together and have 72 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. The Y is here leading games and members of Redemption Church are doing face painting.”

“This is another example of leaders in the community, like Adam Reardon and Jen Jacky,” said Mayor Mike Chamberlain, “finding ways to…


For complete article, pick up the Aug. 22 Belvidere Republican.

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