Summer is flying by, and soon children everywhere will be going back to school. That means it’s time for new clothes, backpacks, crayons, paper and pencils. It can be tough for families to afford these items when they are already struggling to make ends meet. That’s why CAP’s Family Advocacy School Readiness Program hosts an event every July to give out school supplies to children in need.
Children in grades K–12 come and get a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate for their particular grade. They also receive vouchers of $20 to local stores so they can shop for other school supplies that are often required for class. Volunteers also distribute clothing and hygiene items that have been donated to Operation Sharing, our gifts-in-kind program.
Giving children the chance for the best education possible is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty. School supplies for children in need may seem like a small gesture of kindness, but it can make a huge difference in the future of a child.Our School Readiness Program is always accepting donations. Some of the items they can use are:
• Backpacks (many schools require clear or mesh for safety purposes)
• Crayons/markers/colored pencils
• Glue sticks
• Loose leaf paper/compositions books/notebooks
• Three-ring binders/folders
If you would like to donate any of these items, they can be sent to School Readiness Program, 3125 Richmond Street, Mount Vernon, KY 40456.