Kids to Love Hosts Pickup Day For “Pack the Backpacks” Campaign

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and we hope it’s not a train!  Thanks to you we have “Packed the backpacks.”  Monday, social workers from across north Alabama picked up their backpacks full of school supplies.

By the armful, social workers were loaded down with backpacks full of school supplies, filling trunks to capacity.

“It’s just a tremendous resource for us, our foster parents are with financial resources,” said Martha McClendon with the Marshall County Department of Human Resources.

“The kids we have in foster care, they’ve come from hard circumstances,” said Jerry Groce, with the Department of Human Resources in Franklin and Lawrence counties.  “A lot of this they don’t have, the things they need to be able to go to school like other kids.  So for your organization Kids to Love to be able to give these backpacks and give them to our foster kids, it means the world to them.”

Each backpack was donated or purchased with your donations.   

“We want our foster children to be able to fit in with the other kids in school, to have all the things they have,” said Groce.

Volunteers packed each bag so it would be ready for pickup day.

“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate what you, Kids to Love have done for these foster kids,” said Groce.  “You started their year off on a positive note.”

“It means they will have the things that they need to succeed,” said Donna Hamlett with Madison County DHR.

In all, 4,589 foster children received school supplies this year through the Kids To Love Foundation.  The donations included 1,444 backpacks, 9,178 pencils and 6,720 notebooks.

Thank you for helping WHNT News 19 take action and get results for children in foster care.

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