GIVING BACK: Odessa attorneys help out students

For lawyer Israel Medina and his law firm, it means a lot to give back to the community.

This year, they were able to do that again.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Medina Law Firm gave out free backpacks to students going into grades Pre-K through 12 Friday outside the law firm on 2651 Kermit Highway.

This year, 500 total backpacks that were filled with supplies were given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s just our way of giving back to the community,” Medina said. “Every year, it’s gotten bigger and bigger. The backpacks go faster and faster.”

Backpacks loaded with school supplies lined up and waiting to be donated by the Medina Law Firm on Friday morning. (Photo Courtesy of Bobby Joe Smith)

While the backpacks were gone in about 30 minutes this year, Medina said they had fewer backpacks this year compared to previous years.

“Sometimes we have more,” Medina said. “We got off to a late start this year. We organized all of this in a week. Last week, my staff organized everything and every year it changes just based on our needs and what we can do on a short amount of time. We lost track of time this year and ordered last minute.”

Last year, about 800 backpacks were given away at the Medina Law Firm.

“We were going to give a thousand this year,” Paralegal at the Medina Law Firm Teresa Rodriguez said. “We didn’t have the manpower this year.”

Still, for Medina and the rest of his staff, it means a lot to be able to help the community in any way they can.

“We had some tough times growing up,” Medina said. “When you’re able to give back and make a difference in somebody’s life, that’s great.”

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