The back-to-school season is a difficult time of year for many families; lists of supplies can be long and costly.
This year, those challenges are all the more daunting given COVID-19 and the financial pressures facing so many families.
Families with children in elementary school through high school spent an average of $696.70 per household on back-to-school clothing, supplies and technology items last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. And most of these school supplies are necessary regardless of whether classes are held on site or virtually.
Volunteers are wanted to help by sponsoring a child or by donating new clothes, backpacks and other supplies.
Family Service Association of Bucks County will provide sponsors with the grade level, age and clothing sizes of a specific child so they can fill a backpack with supplies, a lunch box and a new outfit. Family Service is happy to honor age or grade-level requests, depending on availability. Groups or companies are welcome to sponsor multiple children.
Last year, thanks to generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations, FSA was able to provide 308 children with new backpacks filled with supplies, many including back-to-school outfits, as well.
All donated items go to Family Service clients, or children of clients between the ages of 4 and 18 years old, with demonstrated need.
To become a sponsor or to donate, contact Kim Strong, Development Coordinator, at 215-757-6916, x218 or firstname.lastname@example.org