Each summer, Family Resource Center provides all school-aged children in their care (entering grades K through 12) with backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies. This year, backpacks are needed for 450 of the 810 children cared for by Family Resource Center, a 20 percent increase from the 375 backpacks donated to children last year. Family Resource Center is asking for the community’s help in gathering the necessary supplies for Backpack Assembly Day on July 19.
“Foster children often come into the system with nothing more than the clothing on their backs,” said Dr. Oren Wunderman, Executive Director of Family Resource Center. “This means that they don’t even have a toothbrush, let alone school uniforms, supplies and other necessities. Family Resource Center’s Backpack Drive ensures that hundreds of Miami kids who have suffered child abuse and neglect can start school in August ready to learn with the grade-appropriate schools supplies they need.”
It costs only $24 to provide each child with a new backpack, and there are plenty of ways to help! Contribute items from the Back to School Wish List. Make a tax-deductible cash donation online or by check (mailed or dropped off at the Family Resource Center). Email Liza Hernandez to host a Backpack Drive at your home, workplace, church, or other organization.
All supplies must be dropped off at the Family Resource Center by July 11!
The Family Resource Center of South Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. The organization is committed to caring for children who have been abused and neglected by coordinating foster care or providing services that can strengthen families and foster healthy relationships. Its programs include counseling services, crisis intervention, family support and preservation, and parent education, among others.
WHEN: Now! Through July 11, 2014
The Family Resource Center of South Florida
155 South Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
Please contact Liza Hernandez by email or phone 305-789-4489 with any questions.