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 2017, 335 children eligible for free and reduced lunches, received new backpacks and school supplies. For the ninth consecutive year, the Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach collaborated to collect hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and much more. Additional supplies were purchased from funds raised by both groups. It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $81 plus a backpack. School supplies distributed varied by grade, and were based on the schools’ requested lists of supplies. Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other neccessities.
Help from our Friends
Many volunteers assisted the children during distribution this August including volunteers from Merrill Lynch, The Christ Child Society and The Junior League of Summit. Thanks to a grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation, every child received a new backpack. Additional grants were received by Bridges from Central Presbyterian Church, the Summit Luminary Fund and the Junior League of Summit. Bridges, along with St. Teresas Church, served as donation points for school supplies. Adding to the summer donations, students were asked to contribute supplies before leaving for summer vacation. “This has become a community event. Its nice to see Summit come together to help its children,” commented Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, co-chairs of the event.
- “Its like Christmas!” - A child receiving supplies in 2012
- “SJFC was grateful to be involved in such a wonderful cause and personally, it was one of the highlights of my summer to help on distribution day.” - A 2012 volunteer from a local womens club
- “The kids were so excited and the parents so appreciative. We look forward to this event every year.” - Lois Bhatt, Executive Director of Bridges
- “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.” - Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, 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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