The club will be providing children entering the Foster Care System with backpacks stuffed with essentials such as school supplies, non-perishable, healthy snacks and toiletries. Often times children are removed from their homes without their belongings or daily essentials. When a child does have the rare opportunity to grab some belongings to bring with them as they journey on the path of uncertainty into foster care, they aren't always equipped with suitcases or backpacks. Children are leaving home with bags - trash bags. We want to provide the child with a Backpack which will be multi-purpose. The one we have selected will hold a lot. It could hold not only the school essentials, but also clothing or other personal belongings.
The club plans to hold a supply drive August 16 & 17 at local stores, such as Walmart and Target, to promote donations of the items needed. By doing this at back-to-school time of year, we hope to piggyback onto households already shopping for the items we need to stuff in our packs.
Club members will physically participate in this drive outside stores, and they will help in the stuffing and delivering of the Backpacks to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) who will then distribute the backpacks to children as they enter the system. The project is expected to be complete by September 2019. Spreadsheet in "documents" includes the spending plan.
In Twin Falls County, an average of 280 children are removed from their home. Our funding would provide enough packs for half of the children - 140. If we are able to get our school essentials donated, we will purchase additional supplies and/or more backpacks.