By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
ATLANTIC CITY — Free backpacks and school supplies can be found at Muh’s Garden of Life for its annual Back to School Bash for children in pre-K to 12th grade with hopes to help parents and guardians who need some assistance in grabbing the tools necessary for their children to start school.
Anaija Head, an Atlantic City native, is responsible for this event, serving her community while simultaneously honoring her late father Mustafa Head who took pride in serving the city, too. Head called upon local vendors and artists to share the platform, so serving Atlantic City can be a collaborative effort that many will hopefully not forget.
“Honestly my heart is with the people,” said Head. “To me giving back is one way to help yourself and help other people, it really fulfills my heart and seeing the kids get their book bags makes me happy.”
The backpacks given out were full of notebooks, rulers, folders, and other appropriate tools for a child to be successful once starting the school year, and volunteers passed out over 200 backpacks to kids.
Parents like Chanel Green say she appreciates the effort by Muh’s Garden of Life.
“For me this garden represents a lot of love,” Green said. “For the past few weeks, I have been struggling, finances are hard right now. I learned about this event, and I definitely appreciate it.”
For the entertainment, Shad, the artist, came to perform a few songs while vendors dished out their products. Zhaniyah Aliyah, the owner of Aliyah’s Tasty Treats, made strawberry cheesecake crunch cupcakes and Jabril Shakur, the owner of Money Counters, displayed some of his clothing.
The Back-2-School Bash was a success because the community supported those less fortunate with backpacks and fed those without food, exceeding the expectations of the event. Anaija Head of Muh’s Garden of Life and CTK Apparel, you are definitely What’s Good in South Jersey this week!
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