SARASOTA, FL – (July 21, 2022) The new school year is quickly approaching, and for many families, the required classroom supply lists can be overwhelming. That’s where JFCS of the Suncoast’s annual Backpack Drive comes in.
As one of the area’s leading mental health and human services agencies, JFCS has once again partnered with Hope 4 Communities to help prepare children in need for their next school year. Together they provide backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, family photos, vision screenings, school physicals, gift cards for school clothing and shoes, snacks for school, and more. These events are hosted at local churches throughout the community that provide homeless and needy children with everything they need to begin the first day of school with dignity.
JFCS has provided funding and 500 books from its “Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book” book donation drive to be given to children during the events. JFCS is seeking additional school supply donations so volunteers can fill backpacks to distribute to those families who missed the deadline to attend Hope 4 Communities’ Days4Hope events. Donations can be dropped off or delivered to our main office at 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237. The deadline to donate items is July 29.
Below is the list of needed supplies. Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Michaels Stores, and Amazon are especially helpful.
- 1” white clear cover 3-ring binders
- 5 subject notebooks
- composition notebooks
- crayons/colored pencils
- dry erase markers and erasers
- Expo markers (thick black)
- folders (3 prong, sturdy plastic)
- fun erasers and pink erasers
- glue bottles/sticks
- hand sanitizer/wipes
- notebook paper (wide-ruled)
- USB headphones for computers
- spiral wide-ruled notebooks
- Ticonderoga pencils
- Ziploc bags (sandwich and gallon)
About JFCS: One of the Florida Suncoast’s leading mental health and human services agencies, JFCS delivers programs and services on a non-denominational basis and with the goal of empowering individuals towards well-being and self-reliance. Inspired by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS of the Suncoast believes all people are to be treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunity for physical and mental well-being, self-expression, and joy. For more information, visit https://JFCS-Cares.org/ or call (941) 366-2224.