Susie is excited about her first day of school. She hops on the bus, reconnects with friends and talks about her summer vacation. She shows off her new Selena Gomez backpack, floral summer dress, hot pink three-ring binders and glittery purple pens. In the cafeteria, Susie devours the apple slices, peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chocolate milk, packed in a stylish Justin Bieber lunchbox. After the last bell rings, Susie rushes out of school, jumps in the car with her mom and spills all the details about her day.
We want our client homeless children to have a memorable first day of school, just like Susie, and we need your help to make that happen. These children are living in shelters, pay-by-the-week motels and “doubled up” or “tripled up” with others. They are usually not privileged to have a new wardrobe or pair of shoes to begin a new school year. They do not go shopping for new backpacks, folders and notebooks. Some can’t take a bath or brush their teeth daily.
Our children are not coming to school with homemade lunches in cute lunchboxes. Many suffering hunger pangs because there was no dinner the night before. Our children are not experiencing the life of “normal” children. But with your help, they can feel just like any other child in the classroom.
A Child’s Place needs donations – and lots of them – of school supplies and public school uniforms. We do not include those items in our expense budget because we depend on the generosity of the community to help us meet those needs. And you have never let us down. Last summer, our office was filled with school supplies – backpacks piled high and large tubs overflowing with crayons and markers. Volunteers came to help sort and organize the supplies for distribution to our client children.
This year, we need to start collecting school supplies and school uniforms even earlier, since some of the schools we serve are transitioning to a twelve-month academic calendar. How can you help? Here are a few ideas. Host a donation drive at your business or church to benefit A Child’s Place. Ask for school supplies and other in-kind donations to contribute to A Child’s Place in lieu of birthday gifts. Buy extra paper, crayons or glue sticks when you are out shopping and drop them off at our office. Deliver backpacks already stuffed with the supplies our client children need. Selfless acts such as these make an real impact in our client children’s lives.
For many of our client children, homelessness is their best kept secret. Please help us help them keep that secret by donating any of the school supplies noted on our chart, preferably by Friday, August 9. The chart will get updated regularly so check this space regularly so you can see what is most needed. Doing this will also help us avoid an overabundance of particular items. A Child’s Place also has a wish list registry through Walmart and Target.
Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the office of A Child’s Place, 601 East Fifth Street, Suite 230, in Charlotte. For more information, call 704-343-3790.
School Supply Needs for Client Children
|School Supply Needs 2013-14||Donated||Total needed|
|Elementary School Book Bags||Fulfilled||800|
|Middle School Book Bags||Fulfilled||400|
|Pencils||1,582 boxes||2,400 boxes|
|Wide-Ruled Paper||1,339 packages||3,000 packages|
|Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebooks||Fulfilled||3,000|
|Erasers||1,084 packages||1,200 packages|
|Binders -1 inch||Fulfilled||500|
|Combination locks for lockers||46||400|
|Dividers||82 packs||300 packs|
|Public School Uniform Needs||Donated||Total needed|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth XS (White, Navy, Light Blue)||34||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth S (White, Navy, Light Blue)||26||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth M (White, Navy, Light Blue)||32||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth L (White, Navy, Light Blue)||29||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth XL (White, Navy, Light Blue)||26||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Youth XXL (White, Navy, Light Blue)||23||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Adult S (White, Navy, Light Blue)||28||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Adult M (White, Navy, Light Blue)||15||50|
|Boys Uniform Shirt Adult L (White, Navy, Light Blue)||19||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth XS (White, Navy, Light Blue)||38||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth S (White, Navy, Light Blue)||40||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth M (White, Navy, Light Blue)||29||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth L (White, Navy, Light Blue)||27||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth XL (White, Navy, Light Blue)||26||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Youth XXL (White, Navy, Light Blue)||30||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Adult S (White, Navy, Light Blue)||21||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Adult M (White, Navy, Light Blue)||16||50|
|Girls Uniform Shirt Adult L (White, Navy, Light Blue)||13||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 5 (Khaki or Navy)||34||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 6 (Khaki or Navy)||21||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 7 (Khaki or Navy)||14||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 8 (Khaki or Navy)||22||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 10 (Khaki or Navy)||18||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 12 (Khaki or Navy)||19||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 14 (Khaki or Navy)||21||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 16 (Khaki or Navy)||23||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Size 18 (Khaki or Navy)||30||50|
|Boys Uniform Pants Adult Sizes (Khaki or Navy)||41||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 5 (Khaki or Navy)||28||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 6 (Khaki or Navy)||16||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 7 (Khaki or Navy)||13||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 8 (Khaki or Navy)||14||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 10 (Khaki or Navy)||21||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 12 (Khaki or Navy)||19||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 14 (Khaki or Navy)||29||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 16 (Khaki or Navy)||26||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Size 18 (Khaki or Navy)||16||50|
|Girls Uniform Pants Adult Sizes (Khaki or Navy)||22||50|
|Boys Underwear All Sizes||281||1,000|
|Girls Underwear All Sizes||221||1,000|
Gift cards to help fulfill other needs, such as special clothing or shoe sizes, are also welcome.