The average family can spend $685 on supplies to send their children back to school. For families supported by Families First, most struggle to afford the high costs associated with returning to the classroom.
But thanks to friends and supporters like you, our Prep-A-Scholar Back to School Drive sent 433 youth from our programs and surrounding communities back to school with new backpacks full of supplies feeling confident and ready to learn!
Thank you to everyone who donated, ordered from our Amazon Wish List, dropped off supplies in person, or volunteered your time by packing hundreds of book bags with supplies for our Pre-k through college-aged youth. You, in collaboration with the organizations below, are the reason our youth went back to school with the tools and resources they need to feel confident and prepared for a successful school year!
Anisa International, For the Kid in All of Us, Kaiser Permanente, Mercedes-Benz USA, Prime Revenue, Sterling Seacrest, WebMD, Tabernacle of David Church of the Apostles Doctrine, Georgia Association of Paralegals, Mission Reach International, and New Hope Baptist Church.
New Clothes, New Beginnings
This year, back-to-school shopping was a little different for one of our foster families. After serving as their foster family, the Jones family (name changed for confidentiality) is now working to finalize the adoption of a sibling group of five children!
“For a family that is taking on a sibling group of five, the expenses are enormous,” said Families First Adoption Coordinator Rebekah Staats. “They had to purchase everything for a child times five!”
The Jones family was over the moon to learn that Macy’s would be providing all five of their children with new uniforms and other essentials to start the school year confidently. And for these children, new clothes mean so much more. The new clothes represent the love and stability that will now be a part of their lives thanks to their adoption through Families First.
“We just want to wear clothes without holes in them so we don’t get made fun of at school.”
–Jones siblings in foster care
Thanks to Macy’s, a total of 71 children received three brand new school uniforms!
“Community is at the heart of our team here at Macy’s,” said Robin Harman, Macy’s, Manager, South Region, Corporate Giving. “We are honored to continue our partnership with Families First, and we’re particularly glad to be helping our Atlanta area students prepare to put their best foot forward this school year.”
If your business would like to explore partnership opportunities with Families First, please contact Leigh Plott, Chief Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.