Caring and Sharing School Supplies
"We realized that there are a lot of needy families that could not afford their school supplies," said Tammy Gibson of the Care and Share program. "So, what we're basically doing is providing most of the school supplies for about 475 kids this year."
Parents like Kershandra McKinney appreciate it.
"For low-income families who aren't able to work, like myself, by my being disabled and I live off a fixed income, it's a wonderful joy to be able to have the community chip in to give us school supplies for our kids," she said.
The Care and Share program starts preparing for the new school year right after Christmas.
"We know exactly who's coming in, how many children they have, what grades they're in, so we're really organized," Gibson explained.
However, up until a few days ago, organizers worried they might not have enough supplies. But, thanks to donations and other community support, it looks like there will be plenty. Now, they want fewer residents to need help in the future.
"I hope five years from now, you guys can come back, and I can say, 'Hey, we've cut this in half' or 'We've cut this down by a third or a fourth,'" said Gibson.