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Wings For Joy, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, held its 14th annual back-to-school event on Saturday, giving away 268 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Tracy DuPree Davis, the organization’s executive director, said people lined up in advance at the door at East County Community Center in Silver Spring to make sure they could get one of the 300 backpacks available.

The remaining backpacks will go this weekend to Brookland Manor Apartments, a housing complex in Washington, D.C., for low-income families, she said.

Davis said her group will visit other area charities, too, this weekend, including the Helping Hands Shelter for women and children in Rockville. There, Wings For Joy will deliver backpacks filled with clothing.

Davis said the organization expects to distribute nearly 500 backpacks total, between Saturday’s giveaway and separate deliveries.

“Wings” stands for “Women and children In Need of Guidance and Support.” The group helps families in shelters in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

This is the second year the group organized a one-day mass backpack giveaway. Last year, about 275 were claimed, Davis said.

— Andrew Schotz