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Giving Backpacks to Kids in Need

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- To the adult eye, they may be nothing more than a pile of fabric, plastic and glitter. However, for most kids a new backpack can mean so much more.
 
"Feels good, just like you walked into a store and someone gave you a Popsicle, feels happy," said Henry Davidson, who created the CR Packs for Kids event 5 years ago.
 
Davison has been working with the community for years to provide happiness - in the form of backpacks and school supplies
 
"I didn't have it when I was a kid, and so I can imagine what it's like," Davison said.
 
He and the northwest neighbors neighborhood association began giving them out last weekend, and the demand was overwhelming.
 
"We handed out 1022 backpacks, and it happened in a half hour," said Tammy Mims with the HD Youth Center.
 
"I saw the need very much that day, this city needs school supplies for the children," Davison said.
 
Organizers had to turn away 300 kids looking for backpacks, but through generous donations from the community, they were able to fulfill those wishes.
 
"Churches, neighborhoods, businesses, they all pitched in... really love that," Davison said.
 
Year after year, parents say schooling their kids can be expensive.
 
"A couple hundred bucks, with the backpacks and everything that goes along with it" parent Jason Lafond said.
 
That's why for Lafond, a single father, the gesture is appreciated.
 
"Raising four kids is harder than it looks, so I'm grateful for these people," Lafond said.
 
With their happiness draped over their shoulder as they walked out, no doubt these kids are grateful as well.
 
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