Hundreds of backpacks needed for students
July 23, 2014
Let the back-to-school shopping begin!
Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.
If you’ve purchased a new backpack for you student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.
Now imagine you are trying to buy backpacks for hundreds of students and fill them with school supplies. That’s the goal of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Hopelink and other area service organizations, to meet the needs of students whose parents are struggling just to pay for a car repair and keep up the rent payments. Pencils and erasers fall to the bottom on the list.
Folks at the food bank and the collection of like minds at other human service agencies who collectively make up the Nourishing Network are determined to take care of as many of those children as they can. They expect to spend thousands on school supplies alone — not counting the backpacks.
In some years, the group is lucky and has backpacks donated, in others it depends on the generosity of others. Area church congregations are more involved than ever, and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and local schools foundations play a big role. Many donations come in one backpack, or one pack of pens at a time.
Your help is needed if all students are going to start school on an equal footing.
Jump online to www.issaquahfoodbank.org or www.hope-link.org to make a pledge to donate backpacks or cash. On the south side of the plateau, residents can head into Issaquah and just drop off your donation at the food bank.
For the north end, There’s a Hopelink service center in Redmond.
Many churches and other groups hold donation drives, keep an eye out and drop off your donations there.
Sammamish, you’ve met bigger needs. This time, step up for the school kids who need you most.