Back-to-School Backpacks, Supplies Needed for Children in Foster Care
With a new school year fast approaching, the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS), Fostering Southern Nevada and Foster Kinship are coming together to ask the community to donate new backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms for children in foster care.
Donations should be brought to Peggy’s Attic, which is located at 701 N. Pecos Road. Donation hours at Peggy's Attic are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The public also can call (702) 455-5424 to make arrangements to drop off donations outside these hours. The goal is to receive 500 backpacks and school supplies to fill the backpacks by Aug. 20.
“So many of us have memories of our parents taking us out to shop for our backpacks and school supplies,” said Audrey Rosenstein, President of Fostering Southern Nevada, which partners with DFS, community agencies, and foster and adoptive families to enhance the lives of children in foster care. “In the case of our children in foster care, it is even more critical to their sense of belonging and self esteem that they start their first day of school with brand new uniforms and backpacks. We hope the community will step up and make a donation today.”
“Our goal is help those families who want their children to have a successful school year,” said Alison Caliendo, Executive Director of Foster Kinship, a nonprofit organization that offers free services and resources to individuals who are full-time caregivers of their relative's children. “We know how heartbreaking it can be for caregivers to fall short of the things they need to take care of their relative’s children.”
“Time and time again the community has shown us how much they care about our children in care,” said Lisa Ruiz-Lee, DFS Director. “We are asking everyone to please help us make this an outstanding start to a brand new school year for our children.”
Last year, DFS and Fostering Southern Nevada collected and distributed more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in foster care. This year’s goal is to touch the lives of 500 children.
All collected backpacks, uniforms and school supplies will be distributed to children in care and their caregivers on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Peggy’s Attic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peggy’s Attic is the donation center for DFS, serving all children who have come into contact with the juvenile abuse and neglect court.
For more information call Audrey Rosenstein at (702) 455-5424 or Alison Caliendo at Foster Kinship at (702) 546-9988.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.