PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (August 15, 2014) – Kids across Pasco County have one less thing to worry about as they head back to school this week: school supplies. Thanks to Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco and Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes, students at eight elementary schools in Pasco County received backpacks full of pencils, crayons, notebooks and other school supplies.
The items were donations collected at Gulfside’s five Thrift Shoppes across Pasco County during a school supply drive that ran from July 15 – August 5. This year is the fourth time that Gulfside partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco to bring needed supplies to students. Thanks to the drive, 250 supply-filled backpacks were donated to local children.
One of the recipient schools was Cotee River Elementary School in New Port Richey. Guidance counselor Maria Schiro thanked Kiwanis and Gulfside for the donation. “We have a lot of needy families, and these backpacks and school supplies make it a little bit easier for some of the students when school starts back,” she said.
Additional recipient schools include Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in New Port Richey; Sunray Elementary School in Holiday; Moon Lake Elementary School in New Port Richey; Northwest Elementary School in Hudson; Lacoochee Elementary School in Dade City; West Zephyrhills Elementary School in Zephyrhills; and Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday. Backpacks were also donated Healthy Families.
“We are so grateful and overwhelmed by the wonderful donations that the community gave to support the Back to School Supply Drive at Gulfside’s Thrift Shoppes,” said Linda Ward, Gulfside’s president and CEO. “Thanks to the donations, more children and families were able to receive school supplies from the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco and Gulfside Hospice than ever before.”
The Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco, chartered in 1967, sponsors the Every Child A Swimmer Program, supports The Red Apple, S.O.L.V.E., weekend Food Backpack Program for needy kids, and collects school supplies, which they donate to local elementary schools for needy kids. The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Westside Deli, 7611 Little Road, in New Port Richey. If you are interested in learning more about our work for the community and membership, please contact Tom Burke at 727-842-2254.
Gulfside Hospice, initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 350 patients daily. Gulfside employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. For more information, call 800-561-4883 or visit www.ghppc.org.