Tri-Cities Fever Players Help Local Kids in Need

<p>Backpack Program</p>

Backpack Program

Local Tri-Cities Fever players running an after school program called "After School Matters" at Eastgate Elementary School are also assisting students in need with food to take home.

It's called the "Backpack Program."

It came to Eastgate just a few weeks ago.

Volunteers pack backpacks with canned goods and other items.

Students take home a full backpack every Thursday, they then bring back the empty bags to be refilled every week.

Fever Defensive Back Lionell Singleton said the need for these backpacks is crucial and the impact it has on kids and their families is immeasurable.

"All the kids get excited about it because they have something to take home now," said Singleton. "Just the other day one of the kids came up and said he finally has something to eat or a snack and that touched my heart."

Of the 65 kids in the after school program, 40 of them are given backpacks to take home every week and Singleton hopes to continue the Backpack Program year after year.