Thanks so much to all of the incredible individuals, organizations and businesses that donated and volunteered to make the school supply drive a success. The drive was a lot of work but it was so worth it!
We distributed nearly 700 kits at the 2-day St. Marks event. Thanks so much to the congregation and leadership at St. Marks who hosted the event.
We filled an additional 150 cinch sacks (donated by Office Depot) and built an additional 115 kits which, along with the miscellaneous supplies gathered through the partner drives, have almost all been distributed by social workers and principals during the first couple weeks of school.
We distributed over 600 backpacks.
All told, we served around 950 students - which far exceeded our initial estimate of 600-700!
Additional thanks to volunteers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Evanston Scholars, the Mather Home and community volunteers.