Kids to Love Pack the Backpacks drive a success

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Friday WHNT News 19 took action with Kids to Love for local foster kids and, thanks to you, we got results!

It was a busy morning in Madison. Mayor Troy Trulock and wife Dana dropped off supplies from Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club.

“When you’re starting that new school year and you’re going in and you don’t know the environment, something as simple as a backpack to give you that confidence to go into a classroom, it’s just priceless and we are really excited to be a part of that,” Dana Trulock said.

At Walmart in Hampton Cove, fourth grader Bishop Brown gave back.

“I’ve got $40. I’m here to give these to a foster child,” Brown said. “How does it make you feel knowing you’re going to be able to help another child have supplies?” WHNT News 19 asked. “It makes me feel good.” Bishop said. ​

Others did the shopping and brought the supplies.  “I brought markers, colored pencils, notebook paper,” April Langley said.

“Notebooks, pens, pencils,” Mary Bielat said. “Glue sticks,” Caroline Reeves said.  “Glue sticks!  Those are gonna be needed!” we commented.

Walmart helped out with a gift card that can be used to buy what else is needed.  Chris Tibbs, Walmart manager, presented Kids To Love with a $1,000 gift card on behalf of Walmart Region 1, Market 5.

Back at Jack’s in Madison, the donations were coming in…. some even through the drive-through!

“We’ve always loved being part of this community and this was such a good one and one that has a personal note for some people who have been in our company a long time. You know, housing foster kids themselves or being a foster child.  So, it’s something that our company has been really passionate about and it’s why we continue to do it  and not only our company being passionate about it but our customers have been very giving even this morning at Hughes Road,” Christy Gravitt of Jack’s said.

General Manager Brian Klie from Landers McClarty Subaru helped us end the day with a bang.

“We wanted to generate enough money to buy backpacks for at least a 100-plus.  We got to 92 we did get enough to give you $1,000, which is more than enough to buy a whole bunch of backpacks for a whole bunch of kids,” Brian Klie said.

Donations will be accepted all weekend.  For a compete list of drop off locations, or to donate online through PayPal, click here.


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