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School’s out, but we need your help preparing for next year!

06/19/2024

Summer break is in full swing for most kids, but we’re already looking ahead to August and the start of the next school year.

We kind of have to, because there are thousands of children in foster care who will need supplies when they go back, and we have to get those ready for them!

We’ve been working on our More Than a Backpack campaign for a couple of weeks now, and it’s going well, but we always need help! Last year we provided backpacks for 5,695 children in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and we couldn’t do it without our volunteer groups and the donations that come in. Each child who needs it will get a backpack that has the school supplies they will need when they go back to school in August.

We call our program More Than a Backpack because for a lot of children in foster care, the backpack they receive will stay with them as they move. Many children who come into foster care have to carry whatever personal items they’re allowed to take in a trash bag. Our backpacks will not only get them ready for school — they give them a dignified way to carry their personal belongings when they move.

So you might be asking at this point, “How can I help?” There are so many ways!

First of all, we always need donations. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, we will always post when we are low on specific items that we need to fill backpacks. You can buy supplies and bring them to us at the Kids to Love Center at 140 Castle Drive in Madison. We also have the best partner, CB&S Bank, and they are accepting donations at all of their bank branches!

If you can’t get out to the store or it’s just easier to shop online, go for it! We have our Click, Ship, and Give program that allows you to buy supplies and send them directly to us. You just go to our Amazon wishlist and buy whatever’s there!

Another way to get donations for us is to Host a Drive at your workplace or church! We love when businesses band together for a good cause.

The second way you can help is by volunteering. These backpacks don’t pack themselves, and it takes a village to stuff supplies into thousands of them before the start of school. If you’d like to come in and help us out, all you have to do is sign up.

There are lots of ways for you to help a child in foster care have what they need to focus on learning when they go back to school, and we hope you’ll pitch in and do a little something to help them succeed!

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