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POSTED: August 1, 2014 12:30 a.m.
NAT GURLEY/The Times

About 60 people wait Thursday at the office of Harrison Square Apartments for free bookbags and school supplies. Eighty to 100 kids in the Gainesville Housing Authority complex's 75 apartments will benefit from the donations, said Beatriz Shirley, property case manager at Harrison Square. Median income for housing authority residents is about $14,000 per year, said special projects coordinator Jim Chapman.

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About 60 parents and children waited in line Thursday for free bookbags and school supplies at the office of Harrison Square Apartments.

Amerigroup health insurance company bought most of the gifts, including 100 bookbags. Office Pro's also donated school supplies. Eighty to 100 kids in the Gainesville Housing Authority east side complex’s 75 apartments will benefit from the donations, said Beatriz Shirley, property case manager at Harrison Square.

Median income for housing authority residents city wide is about $14,000 per year, said special projects coordinator Jim Chapman. The Housing Authority will give away another 100 bookbags next week at Melrose Apartments and Green Hunter Homes, Chapman said. Items come from community donations, Chapman said.

“We go around hat in hand,” he said.

Amerigroup is one of three private health care insurance providers for Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids customers, said Amerigroup community relations specialist Kim Frisbee.



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