Families filled Longwood street for annual backpack giveaway

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Large crowds and long lines filled Dawson and Intervale avenues Friday afternoon as local groups, police and politicians gathered to help Bronx families start off the new school year.

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr., Catholic Charities, the NYPD and more gave out thousands of backpacks.

One by one, families were able to hand-pick their favorite backpack, filled with school supplies.

The commanding officer of the 41st Precinct spoke to residents about the importance of police-community relations.

"You guys are my eyes and ears," he said.

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