LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Local donors made Catholic Charities of Livingston County’s Back to School Backpack Drive a resounding success.
Hundreds of students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade are now adequately prepared for the upcoming school year.
“The backpack drive helps hundreds of children throughout Livingston County who are in need of assistance with school supplies,” said Tabitha Brewster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Livingston County. “Kids can get off on the right foot starting school with the basic supplies they need to be able to achieve.”
According to Sue Byrnes with Catholic Charities, 183 backpacks were filled with school supplies, which were given out during the 4th Annual Health Fair. Since then, another recorded 13 backpacks with school supplies have been given to students. The majority of backpacks and school supplies given out were to kindergarten students, followed by third graders then 6th graders.
Despite the generous outpouring of supplies, over 20 local children are still on a waiting list in need of assistance. Catholic Charities says that donations are still needed and greatly appreciated in order to help these local children be prepared for their school year.
The Catholic Charities thanked all the businesses, churches and private donors in the community who devoted their time and money to the Back to School Backpack Drive. These donors included:
Avon’s Lattimore Physical Therapy, Geneseo’s St. Luke the Evangelist, Lattimore Physical Therapy, Real Property Tax Services, and Community Bank, as well as Mount Morris’s Community Bank, Five Star Bank, the Department of Social Services and Dansville’s Lattimore Physical Therapy, Key Bank and Just for You Hair Salon.
School supplies can still be dropped off at Catholic Charities of Livingston County at 34 East State St., Mount Morris (ring the side door bell). Donations are also accepted at Lattimore Physical Therapy Avon and Geneseo locations.