Back to School!

 

I know, I know–didn’t summer just start? For our families there is always the concern about what is next. We can’t alleviate every worry, but we can help make things a little easier with your help.  We are currently collecting new school supplies for the school aged children in our program–about 50 kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Why new items? Think about the first day of school for a moment–the excitement that comes from a brand new year.  You have your back pack on with your favorite character on it, your notebook in your favorite color, freshly sharpened pencils, your hand selected outfit–it adds to the enthusiasm you have thinking about the school year ahead.  We want all kids to feel that.  We want them to be excited for another year of school.

This summer will be gone before we know it.  Fairfax County Public Schools are back in session on August 28th this year, so with a little over 6 weeks left to go we want to ask if you can help us get kids ready for school? All donations must be received by Monday, August 20th.  You can order off our Amazon wishlist, where the items will be shipped to our door, email LaurenB@christianrelief.org to schedule a supply pickup or drop off, or donate to Safe Places to fund a backpack filled with supplies for $50.

 

Thanks for all of your help!

~Safe Places

So Many Babies!

One client asked for diapers. That is how it started: one request to one case manager and suddenly we are surrounded with cases of diapers! Our families have a lot of needs so sometimes we forget to ask about the simple things, do you have enough diapers?

About 25% of our families have at least one child wearing diapers in their home.

So although only one family outright asked, we knew the need was greater. We were right about the need, but what we did not expect was the response of our supporters.

We posted on social media and reached out to a handful of supporters hoping we would get a few packages to have on hand in emergencies. Suddenly we were hearing from neighbors and friends we had never met. A supporter had forwarded our request to a list serve, a follower shared it with friends and family, people were picking up the torch and passing the bucket. The generosity has been incredible.

The best part have been the notes. When people reached out we learned things about their families, about why they had extra diapers. Several held onto diapers even though their child is potty trained because they did not want to throw them away. Others told us that they did not expect how quickly their child would grow and ended up with a lot of left overs that they were ready to get out of the house! It was amazing how quickly word spread, how eager people were to give. We are so grateful to our community.

And yes, to answer your question, we are still accepting diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.