August 17, 2007
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services' (DSS)
Community Resource Office needs more school bags and supplies to help children in need. DSS is short about 800 of its goal for this year.
Through September 1, anyone interested in participating can call
704-336-4809 to make a monetary donation. They can also drop off supplies at the Wallace Kuralt Centre receptionist desk weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Kuralt Centre is located at 301, Billingsley Road, Charlotte.
Here's what is needed:
"Our desire is when school opens that every child who was referred to our office be equipped and ready to learn." says Beverly Hinson, CRO Administrator.
DSS anticipates assisting 1,200 children this year. Referrals are received from community agencies and DSS social workers with children on active cases. "The goal of this annual project is to provide every child with enough tools to help them get a jump start to a good school year," according to Hinson. During the past three years the project has supplied back-to-school supplies for more than 3,500 children in need.
County employees and area companies have already donated hundreds of bags and supplies to help disadvantaged youth get a great start to the new school year.
"This is an excellent opportunity to engage those who are concerned about raising the level of educational preparedness in our community." said Rodney Adams, DSS Support Services Divisional Director.