TriNet, a Human Resources Benefits company, have made it their annual mission to ensure our backpack inventory lightens the load for every family in need each school year.

This year the company filled 125 new backpacks with supplies for high school and elementary students.

When we asked the community to help us provide backpacks to at-risk children, we were overwhelmed (in a fantastic way!) by backpacks filled with school supplies!

Studies reveal that the cost for school supplies and activities for students has risen up to 85% over the past ten years. A modest estimate for each elementary age child is $100 in supply expenses and up to $1,000 for a high school student when you weigh in supplies, gym clothes, field trip fees, musical instruments and other costs throughout the year.

For a family living at or just above the poverty level sending multiple children to school, the $100 bill needed for each child may never come.

To those who participated in collection drives, assembled bags and volunteered hours at the Back-To-School Fair, your investment is appreciated. You have alleviated the burden for so many families and given a fresh start to hundreds of children.

Our deepest gratitude goes to Tri-Net for their outstanding work and kindness!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11: 28