On Wednesday, we received a donation of 75 backpacks filled with school supplies from UJA-Federation of Long Island. The bags will go to families with children who have been affected by domestic violence and have a hard time paying for the necessities of the new school year. I spent the morning sorting and organizing the bags; making sure each family had enough and that the contents matched the age/grade level of the children. I even got to make a few extra ones myself, filling them with paper, pens, crayons and the like that came form another volunteer (Jamell) who did a school supplies drive. Many of us, including myself, take for granted expenses like these; we are used to going on shopping sprees at Staples with our parents in September, armed with hefty supply lists for the coming year, unaware that some classmates and neighbors cannot even afford loose leaf paper or a new backpack. Over the next couple days, the book bags will be distributed to the families, in time for the beginning of the school year. I am hopeful that the school supplies will make parents breathe a little bit easier and give the students a boost in the classroom as well.
Devin Helps our Client’s Children Go Back to School