School supplies are expensive, and some students and their parents simply don’t have the money to buy them.
GraceWorks and other community organizations work to level the educational playing field for these children by giving them free backpacks filled with supplies at the annual Big Backpack Giveaway just before school starts.
Supplies are donated by church groups, civic organizations and residents giving through the annual Publix drive or on their own, and the United Way’s Patricia Hart Society.
The past two years, GraceWorks was blessed to receive grants paying for nearly all the backpacks, which are the most expensive items and least likely to be donated. But that funding was not provided this year.
Last year, 2000 school children in Williamson County received a backpack through the Giveaway, and at least that many are expected at this year’s event Aug. 1. By purchasing in bulk, we can buy them for $5 each for a total cost of $10,000.
To achieve this goal, GraceWorks is devoting Tuesday, May 5, as a day to raise money only for backpacks. Online donations to The Big Payback 24-event that day will go for backpacks. The same day, in honor of Cinco de Mayo 5/5, all sales at the GraceWorks Thrift Store will go to purchasing backpacks for students in need. The store will also have special sales and hours. Visit here to get more details.
Please consider one or both of these opportunities to make a difference in a child’s life. You can help students be the best they can be through having the tools to succeed.
See you Tuesday!
Executive Director of GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.