There’s nothing quite as exciting for kids as gearing up for a new school year: New sneakers, new clothes, new backpacks filled with all the necessary school supplies to make for a successful school year.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the world every child lives in. For thousands of children in foster care or relative placement, resources are scarce and getting a new, shiny backpack and new supplies is easier said than done.
Enter Families Helping Families of Iowa, where we try to lessen the burden on foster families with our annual Back to School Rally.
Held every August, our Back to School Rally – or BTSR – fills hundreds of backpacks for local children with supplies they need including binders, notebooks, art supplies, and so much more. This simple act of a new backpack relieves foster families and children from the burden of spending time and money on these items.
…But we need your help!
The BTSR is one of our most popular events but we rely on donations and corporate sponsorships to make it happen. We need your help!
Donate School Supplies
If you’re looking for a way to help us make back to school dreams a reality, donate to Families Helping Families today! Simply stop by our office or call us today to schedule a drop-off of these essential school supplies:
- Pencils – #2 and mechanical
- Pens – blue, black or red
- Spiral notebooks – college or wide-ruled
- Binders – 1-3 inches
- Loose leaf notebook paper – college or wide-ruled)
- Elmer’s Glue and glue sticks
- Backpacks (all ages!)
- Pencil boxes / bags
- Washable markers
- Colored pencils
- Scissors (small, large, safety)
- Dry erase markers
- Book covers
- Protractor sets
- USB drives
- Note cards
- Crayons (24 count)
Whew! What a list!
What’s great about school supplies is they’re around just about every corner in the stores this summer. So if you’re out and about, pick up some school supplies and drop them off to our office. We’ll be so thankful for your contribution
If you’re a business owner or employee who’s interested in pitching in for this great cause, we have plenty you can do! Call us today and we’ll drop off a tub to gather donations from your employees and others in your office. You’ll get pamphlets and handouts, too. When the tub fills up, just give us a call and we’ll pick up the supplies and return the tub for more donations.
Giving back to young students in our community is one of the best ways to support education in Cedar Rapids. With your help, we can make a tremendous difference for hundreds of children as they kick off the 2016-2017 school year.