Back-to-School Basics in Park City
The Back-to-School Basics program is accepting donations in support of more than 400 kindergarten through high school students in need of clothing, shoes, backpacks and supplies for the 2011-2012 school year.
The program is partnered with Holy Cross Ministries and the Park City School District.
According to Trish Alderman, program director, "the biggest thing we want to collect is financial donations. So the children can choose their own school clothes," she said.
Alderman started the program last year after hearing about another school district conducting a similar program. She raised enough money to take eight children shopping for clothing and school supplies last year.
"The most powerful part is really connecting with the kids. The gratitude expressed from the families is really overwhelming," Alderman said.
The majority of the adults seeking support from the program are single moms, Alderman explained. "They’re doing their best to get their children food and shelter. Being able to take that burden from them to provide clothing is a great relief," she said.
According to the Park City School District, more than 400 families are in need of financial donations for school supplies. Alderman explained that the program is hoping to raise $150 per child. "So far, 125 children and families have returned their applications," she said.
Alderman explained that Gap, Gymboree, OshKosh B’gosh and Old Navy have offered discounts for the event from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m on Aug. 5 at the Tanger Outlet stores.
In addition, Nancy Gray, general manager of the Tanger Outlet in Park City has ordered backpacks for the first 100 children. "There are a lot of kids in the immediate area that are in need and we certainly want to help them out. The effort is truly local," Gray said.
The program is also accepting new and gently used winter clothing that will be available for the kids on Aug. 5.
The Back-to-School Basics program will also launch a One Company to One Child campaign to encourage businesses to donate $150 in support of one child.
The McDonalds located at Kimball Junction will donate all of its lobby sales from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 9 toward the Back-to-School Basics program.
Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery will also host an event and silent auction on June 16 with the proceeds benefiting the program.
To become a volunteer shopper on Aug. 5 or to donate to the Back-to-School Basics Program, visit http://www.backtoschoolbasics.wordpress.com .
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