Published: Aug 02, 2011 5:57 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 4:58 PM EDT

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Members of the Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue Departments donated 34 backpacks (all fully stocked with school supplies), extra school supplies and gift cards to the Collier County Shelter for Abused Women and Children. The Shelter, which provides services to Marco Island residents and visitors, assists more then 1,100 child victims and survivors of domestic violence through safety, intervention, and direct support annually. The project was spearheaded by Marco Island Police School Resource Officer Al Schettino and Marco Island Fire-Rescue Captain Dave Batiato.

This was the second year for our backpack initiative, and we are excited to top last year’s level of donations. As public safety professionals, we are happy we can assist the Shelter in providing children with the tools they need to learn and be successful.