BENEFITING: VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA - GREATER NEW YORK
EVENT: Operation Backpack 2015
Keona Jackson wrote -As a NYC public school teacher I have seen first hand the results of children living in shelters and the impact it has on their education and social life. I believe every child has the right to come to school prepared with what they need so their focus can be on what they are learning instead of not knowing when they will be able to get certain supplies. Raising money for Operation Backpack will help in the purchase of buying these supplies so that these book bags can be filled. All proceeds will go directly to Operation Backpack. Please help me reach my goal and contribute what you can! Nearly 23,000 children live in NYC’s homeless and domestic violence shelters. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child's education. Each year since 2001, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has been distributing new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to homeless children throughout New York City. A filled backpack relieves parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy to the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them to look and feel more like their classmates. Most importantly, a filled backpack allows these children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important and that someone believes in them.