How the Program Works? A Precious Child collects new backpacks and school supplies for children
How the Program Works?
A Precious Child collects new backpacks and school supplies for children in the most need in the community. Backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies are distributed to children through our Resource Center as well as our agency partners which include schools, human services organizations, at-risk youth centers, homeless shelters and foster care organizations.
We collect new backpacks, school supplies and monetary donations through drives hosted by individuals, organizations and businesses as well as through the Fill A Backpack Corporate and Community Challenges.
The Fill A Backpack program ensures underprivileged children get to start the first day of school feeling confident and prepared to succeed academically.
Did you know that more than 250,000 children live below the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard in A Precious Child’s eight-county service area? Children in these families often lack the necessary supplies critical for academic achievement. Ensuring that children have the tools to participate in school can reduce truancy, promote learning and build positive self-esteem.
A Precious Child’s need for Fill A Backpack donations has grown this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re adopting virtual donation options in order to provide a safe experience for all of our donors to continue to be involved in supporting children with their needed supplies. Our goal is to give children a sense of normalcy and to be on the same footing as their peers by providing them with these necessary supplies. With school ending so abruptly this past year, creating a solid foundation for the new school year is more important than ever.
We are collecting donations of school supplies. Here’s a list of donation ideas that we are collecting for Precious Child and their programs. SPECIAL NOTE: There is a greater need for back-packs this year, due to COVID-19, because kids will not be able to use their lockers this school year.
- New Backpacks
- Crayons and Markers
Why We Do What We Do
Children living in poverty face many challenges and tremendous stigmatization. Showing up on the first day of school without the proper tools can make a child look and feel different from their classmates which can be both embarrassing and stressful.
Each year, the school supply lists grows and families in need struggle to find a way to ensure their children have the necessary supplies required by the school.
In 2019, 40.7% of all Colorado students, 379,563 children, qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch program (Colorado Children’s Campaign). With the average parent spending $117 on standard classroom supplies each year (National Retail Federation), it is no surprise that many struggling families simply cannot afford the expense of school supplies for their children.
By providing children in need with brand new backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, A Precious Child ensures that children in need can show up to school ready to start the new school year on the same level as their peers and excited to learn.
Shop Our Amazon Wishlists
One of the ways you help us secure more hygiene, cleaning and baby hygiene items is by picking out items from our Amazon Wishlists! We’ve made it easy for you by listing the items we are most in need of. Once when you are done filling your online cart, your order will be delivered directly to our Resource Center. SPECIAL NOTE: When you are filling out the address portion of your order, be sure to include ‘FROM A SMDRA MEMBER’ in the from section, so we can help track our donations.
Questions About the SMDRA Fill-A-Back Pack Event Contact:
Kayla Vice at email@example.com or 303-895-3377
(Wednesday) 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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