At least 100 backpacks that were supposed to go to schoolchildren in Hartford were destroyed in recent storms, but the storms did not dampen the generosity of the community who came together to donate enough to replace them and pay for additional school supplies.
The Village for Families & Children, a non-profit organization in Hartford, raises funds and raises donations each year to provide school supplies to low-income students.
They planned to deliver 500 bags of books, but flooding at the central office ruined at least 100.
“They rely on these supplies and backpacks to get their school year off to a good start,” said Derek Slap, vice president of advancement for the Village for Families & Children.
Because of this, the bag distribution event was postponed and the Village for Families and Children appealed for help, asking people to donate to help replace damaged school supplies.
“If there are barriers to entering school, we want to be able to remove them and that’s why we started this and that’s why it has become so important,” said Hector Goynn, director of the school. operation of the village.
After appealing for donations, hundreds of community members, as well as individual and corporate donors, responded and came to the rescue.
In two days, the village raised enough funds to not only replace the backpacks, but also purchase additional supplies and meet the needs of the children and families the village serves.