SAN DIEGO – More than 400 volunteers have filled 10,000 school supply kits for homeless students in the area.
The nonprofit organization SupplyBank.org partners with homelessness liaisons in several California school districts to ensure students have the supplies they need to succeed.
“Kids, when they identify as homeless at some point, they get a form and they fill in their needs – and one of those boxes is school supplies and often times those homeless liaisons -shelters that work so well in our school district don’t. have the resources to provide them with these changes,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, executive director of SupplyBank.org.
The kits included the supplies necessary for students of all ages, ranging from elementary school to high school.
“Being in a community where we are able to buy supplies – but being able to see what hard work can give back to the community is important and spreading our appreciation and gratitude for all that we have and start early and keep going,” said Andrea O’Hara, executive director of the City of San Diego Child and Youth Success Office.
The volunteer day was the first the organization has had in person since COVID-19, and Delgado-Olson says he hopes they can continue that every year here in San Diego.
“For liaisons who get these school supplies and can distribute them immediately as soon as a student is identified as being in need – it is amazing and life changing for these children to have this support,” said Melissa Schoonmaker , Vice President, SupplyBank.org, Board of Directors.
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