As children start school this fall, many of them are starting the new school year with a new backpack and school supplies thanks to the Annual Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids event that was held on Thursday, August 20, 2015.
For the past 14 years, Livingston Educational Service Agency has been collecting school supplies and backpacks for their annual Backpacks for Kids Event. Since 2011, Connect for Kids was added to the even and it has provided an added resource for families.
On Thursday, August 20th, over 900 backpacks filled with school supplies and over $17,000 in resource items were distributed during the Annual Connect for Kids/Backpacks for Kids Distribution.
All of this comes from the many amazing community partners here in Livingston County. The Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids Committee would like to thank all the community residents, local businesses, churches, community service groups and all the community partners who contributed to this effort through donations, volunteer time, and serving as drop-off sites for supplies and backpacks to make it a success.
We want to thank donors such as:
- Brighton Masonic Lodge #247
- First United Methodist Church
- Rex Materials Group
- St. Mary Magdalen Church
- First Presbyterian Church for 155 filled backpacks
- Costco for 50 backpacks
- The State Police for holding supply drives
- Wal-Mart for allowing us to hold Stuff the Bus
- Five Below for holding a fundraiser event
We also want to thank over 15 community partners who provided additional resources for the families in attendance. This included:
- 1,400 pairs of socks from the Howell Ministerial Association
- 40 – $250 back to school clothing vouchers and 200 Summer Lunch Bunch lunches from the Salvation Army
- Over 600 books provided by MSU Extension, Howell Carnegie Library and Brighton District Library
- Over 500 pounds of produce provided by Gleaners, Community Garden Network and the Hunger Council
- Hot dogs, fruit salad and bacon-ranch salad to over 600 people by The Torch
- Over 1,000 bottles of water provided by Cornerstone EPC and Gleaners
- 100 bandage holders, information on Healthy Michigan Plan, Emergency preparedness and Vision clinics from the Livingston County Department of Public Health
- 300 BE THE MOST items promoting teens to stay alcohol and drug-free from Key Development
- 48 car seat checks, 27 new car seats and 24 new helmets from Safe Kids
- LESA Early Childhood Programs provided various clothes for children
- St. Joseph – Livingston Family Medicine Center provided a teddy bear clinic and 500 children took home a teddy bear and ice pack
- 50 blood pressure checks along with heart health information, tote bags and give aways were provided by St. Joseph – Michigan Heart
- St. Joseph provided injury prevention information and 500 bandage dispensers and hand sanitizers
- Walmart distributed hundreds of tote bags to families
- 2 portable toilets were available thanks to Lashbrook’s Excavating and Septic Service
- Display signs provided by First Impression
We also want to thank our many volunteers from the LESA Board, Brighton Masonic Lodge #247, LESA employees and family members, Howell Kiwanis, Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition, and Representatives Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis. There are over 100 volunteers who help collect supplies, fill backpacks or help with this event. We appreciate all your help to ensure that many of the children in our county were able to start the year with the supplies and support they need to help make this year successful.
Thank you and we look forward to working with you again next year!
The Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids Committee
For additional information call the Hot Line at (517) 540-6833 or visit the website at: www.livingstonesa.org. Click on Parents & Community tab.