5th Annual Team Esmer Backpack Giveaway gets local kids ready for school


DOCTOR LEVINE’S HONOR. IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR MOST KIDS IN THE AREA… SO THE FRESNO FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS… GAVE AWAY SOME FREE BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES… IT WAS ALL POSSIBLE… THANKS TO THE HELP OF SOME LOCAL BUSINESSES. OUR MEDERIOS BABB…TAKES US TO THE FIFTH ANNUAL… TEAM ESMER SCHOOL GIVEAWAY. [A32]FRESNO BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-PKG NATS: HOLD YOUR HEAD DOWN… THERE YOU GO FRESNO FIREFIGHTER CARLTON JONES USUALLY IS HOLDING A FIRE HOSE… NATS BUT THIS MORNING…HE HAD SOME CLIPPERS… CUTTING KIDS’ HAIR FOR FREE… IN PREPORATION FOR THE BRAND NEW SCHOOL YEAR. HE SAYS HE SEES HIMSELF IN THE EYES OF THESE BOYS AND GIRLS… CARLTON JONES, FRESNO FIRE FIGHTER “A LOT OF THE THINGS I HAD WAS BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS WILLING TO HELP… MY GRANDMOTHER WHO RAISED US… SO NOW THAT I AM BLESSED IN A POSITION TO GIVE BACK AND DO THE SAME THING… IT IS LIKE AN AUTOMATIC… IT IS WHAT YOU DO.” NATS THE EXTRA HELP DOESN’T GO UNNOTICED… ESPECIALLY FROM MOTHERS LIKE CC PATERSON…. CC PATTERSON, FRESNO MOTHER “IT IS A BIG HELP… COMING UP ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES THEY GET SO EXPENSIVE AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO CATCH A SALE…AT LEAST YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMUNITY EVENT LIKE THIS AND GET BACKPACKS…” FOUNDER ESMERALDA DELGADO STARTED TEAM ESMER FIVE YEARS AGO TO BOOST KIDS SELF ESTEEM NO MATTER THEIR FAMILY’S FINANCIAL STATUS… ESMERALDA DELGADO, EVENT FOUNDER “SO THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE LESS THAN OR THEY DON’T HAVE WHAT THE OTHER CHILDREN HAVE AND THEY GO IN WITH CONFIDENCE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL TO HELP THEM HAVE A successful YEAR.” WITH A FRESH CUT… SUPPLIES… AND BACK PACKS… DELGADO AND THE OTHER VOLUNTEERS HOPE THESE KIDS LEAVE WITH A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AND ONE LESS WORRY ON THEIR MIND…

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