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<p><p>Resource Center Administrator Shilretha Dixon helps load free backpacks during DeLand's annual backpack giveaway.</p></p><p>BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN</p>

Resource Center Administrator Shilretha Dixon helps load free backpacks during DeLand's annual backpack giveaway.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

The 10th annual Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway was a little different this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic required masks and social distancing. Still, the five-day park-and-go event had parents and kids well-supplied at the newly constructed Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center at 489 Mathis Ave., where city volunteers and resource center workers assisted in distribution of free school backpacks loaded with supplies.

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