New Recruit For Ng Backpack Project

Crestwood Middle School eighth grader Amanda Ng has completed her annual backpack drive with a little help from a friend — and it goes to show that good things do come in small packages.

Six-year-old Jessica Pescatore may be small, but she’s got a big heart.

“I love Amanda, and I want to help her,” Pescatore said. “When she goes to college, I want to take over and find someone to help me and then take over. It will go on forever!”

Ng’s brother, Alex, currently in college, started collecting backpacks for Pleasant City Elementary School eight years ago when he visited the school and noticed students carrying their books in Publix shopping bags.

Ng took over when her brother left for college, wondering what would happen when she left for college. Hopefully, that question might now be answered.

ABOVE: Amanda Ng (right) with her understudy, Jessica Pescatore.