Summer is coming to an end, and our kids are ready to go back to school. As our community prepared their own children for the new school year, we saw overwhelming support to get our families ready as well. The number of school supply donations this season was incredible to see. Individuals of all ages and groups of all numbers regularly visited our office to bring in what supplies our kids would need for school.
Kids from Newport Center United Methodist Church had a school supply drive and brought in hundreds of items for our kids.
Ava and Kate put on a lemonade stand, then used the money to buy backpacks filled with school essentials.
Children got together with their friends to donate backpacks and learn more about what we do at Project Hope Alliance.
Girl Scouts donated new backpacks with supplies as well as extra books.
Our office was overflowing with backpacks and supplies. We couldn't be happier to see our community come together and give so generously.
On top of donations, we also had volunteers come in to help organize the backpacks. This was a tremendous job to make sure the children have what they need to be successful in their classroom.
Women from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church stopped by one morning to stuff backpacks.
During a very successful Second Saturday, volunteers did an amazing job filling backpacks with necessities.
We really could not have done this without our community. Almost 200 filled backpacks were gifted to our kids at Project Hope Alliance. They included all the needed supplies from notebooks, pencils, and pens to graphing calculators and art kits. Backpacks were often times of their favorite character or cartoon, so the kids were thrilled to receive them.
In the end there was a big surplus of backpacks and supplies, so we were able to donate more than 100 backpacks and supplies to a partner organization and the Orange County Department of Education.
We could not be more grateful for the caring community around us.
Thanks to your generosity, we are one step closer to making sure that homelessness is not holding a child back from achieving academic success.