Now that we've passed Labor Day, school is back in session for all of the children in our programs. As summer wanes, their parents often struggle with worries about how they will scrape together the funds to provide their kids with the school supplies they need to start the year on the right foot.
With rising prices across the board, it is more financially challenging than ever to set their kids up for success. Only 36% of parents said they would be able to pay for everything their kids need this school year. And we know this number is far lower for single-parent and low-income households.
That is where you, our community, stepped in. Big time.
We are so grateful to have received enough backpacks and school supplies for every single one of the kids in our programs. Providing ample school supplies and backpacks for over 200 kiddos is truly a massive undertaking, and YOU made this possible.
Our admin staff spent hours sorting and packing backpacks, and over the past few weeks our Community Advocates and Case Managers picked up backpacks and school supplies and delivered them to all of the survivors in our programs.. We've heard stories of elementary-aged girls giddy with excitement seeing their LOL Doll-themed backpacks and young boys thrilled to see notebooks and folders with cars and trucks on the covers.
Thank you for not only setting them up for success in the classroom, but also for bringing smiles and excitement to their faces.
The work never ends. Up next...our Fall Coat Drive
! If you'd like to contribute, we've linked our Amazon Wishlist of sizes we know we'll need. We'll be updating this as we start to receive coats.