Sep 26, 2016
More than 150 donors provided school supplies for children in need
DENVER – More than 650 Denver students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom this year thanks to donations provided by the community through the annual Denver Human Services (DHS) GIVE Denver Adopt a Student school supply drive. The annual drive pairs children served by DHS, such as children who are homeless, in poverty or in the care of the county, with generous donors who help ensure each child starts the school year with essential classroom supplies they might not otherwise be able to afford.
More than 150 donors gave everything from pencils and notepads, to backpacks and calculators for the charity drive, held during the month of July.
“All students should start off the school year with the basic school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Don Mares, executive director of Denver Human Services. “For too many kids, even basic school supplies are difficult to obtain. The annual Adopt a Student school supply drive is just one way we can work together as a community to uplift our kids and ensure all children receive the support they need to achieve their full potential.”
A positive education experience can be a powerful counterweight to the pressures of poverty, abuse, neglect and other trauma children served by DHS might experience. The Adopt a Student drive is one way to get hundreds of kids off to a good start toward reaching better long term outcomes for Denver kids.
“This year’s drive was a success shared by many people,” said Marv Allen, Director of GIVE Denver. “We know it would not have been possible without the support of our donors, the caseworkers at Denver Human Services, and the families we serve.”
GIVE Denver works year-round to provide needed resources to youth in foster care, families and individuals experiencing homelessness and some of Denver’s most vulnerable citizens. The next opportunity to help those who need it most through GIVE Denver will be the annual Masquerade fundraiser on October 20. Visit GIVE Denver online at www.denvergov.org/GIVE for more information.