For The Children donates school supplies to 55,000 Central Texas children



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Posted on August 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 6:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Volunteers are making sure that when 55,000 Central Texas kids head back to school, they have everything they need.

"We just absolutely love this charity for the simple fact that it helps out the local schools, local children," said Gary Rosch, volunteer for Austin Cops for Charities.

Wail Mohamed, a volunteer with H-E-B, said this cause is "near and dear" to volunteers' hearts because they get to witness the people from different schools to get the school supplies and show their appreciation.

Over the past few weeks, organizers with For The Children have raised $90,000 to buy supplies in bulk.

"You may think that a dollar doesn't do anything, but for us a dollar will buy 10 folders," said Julie Miller with For The Children. "Three dollars can buy markers, crayons, glue, scissors, two composition books or two folders."

On Saturday, officials from 10 school districts visited Sanchez Elementary School in East Austin to pick up the packages, including Becky Lott with Manor I.S.D.

"The support that we receive from For The Children extends to hundreds of kids in our school district," said Lott, the director of student and family support services at Manor I.S.D. "We have a lot of kids that are high needs."

District officials will give the supplies to students on the free and reduced lunch program before the first day of school.

"Many of them would walk in the door without the school supplies being prepared for the first day of school," Lott said. "Knowing that they can pull out spirals and pencils and pens and glue for the first day of school, it builds their self confidence."

For The Children has been helping students for 25 years, and the organization has come a long way from passig out supplies in grocery bags.

"In 1989, we gave away 1,000 bags full of supplies for a child. We used to bag them per child. And now we've gone to more than 55,000 students."
This year's goal is $95,000. For The Children is about five percent shy of that. 

To donate to For The Children, look for the scan cards at H-E-B or donate online.

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