School Supplies Drive
Members initiated our first school supply collection in the spring of 2008, after the rising number of local children in need was identified. The drive provides essential supplies for elementary, middle, and high school children. Items are collected each year for distribution before school begins in September. We have partnered with a local non-profit, Bridges Outreach, and other community partners, to ensure that all Summit children who need assistance are given the necessary supplies to start their school year off right.
In 2019, 345 or close to 70% of children eligible for free and reduced lunches, received new backpacks and school supplies. For the eleventh consecutive year, the Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach collaborated to collect and purchase hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and much more. It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $47 plus a backpack. School supplies distributed varied by grade, and were based on the schools’ requested lists of supplies. Any leftover items were then donated to the schools to distribute to kids in need who may not have been able to come to the drive. Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessary items.
Help from our Friends
Many volunteers assisted the children during distribution this August. Thanks to grants from the Summit Area Public Foundation, the Summit Luminary Fund and the Junior League of Summit, we were able to purchase supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, binders, earbuds (middle and high school), community reading graphic novels (middle school), and calculators (6th grade). This was in addition to our own community school supplies drive at St Teresas and the Summit elementary schools last spring. “This has become a community event. It’s nice to see Summit come together to help its children,” commented Lois Melka and Marilee Klashka, co-chairs of the event.
“Bridges is so proud of our partnership with The Christ Child Society and our collaborative school supply distribution. This program is aimed to assist those children in our community whose families might otherwise struggle to provide the essential supplies kids need for back-to-school time. Having reached 75% of those kids this year is a wonderful milestone and we look forward continuing to expand our collective impact in the near future.” - Richard J. Uniacke, Executive Director, Bridges Outreach
“It is difficult for many families in Summit to afford the high cost of their children’s school supplies. It is wonderful how the community pulls together to help give these children what they need for a fresh start to the new school year.” - Lois Melka and Marilee Klashka, CCS Co-Chairs
You can help by making a monetary contribution toward the purchase of supplies.
Please mail a check (memo school supplies) payable to Christ Child Society of Summit to P.O. Box 125, Summit, NJ 07902-0125, or click on Donate to the left to make a contribution with a credit card.
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