Packing for Success 

Sep 20, 2017

To the Editor:

As a new school year has started, the St. Francis Community Center has completed its annual Back to School Project. This project serves community residents from Forked River to Little Egg Harbor and is operated out of the Human Concerns Department.

Because of our outstanding community partners and the donations we received, we were able to assist 279 children within our community. All children received a new backpack filled with the essentials for back to school. Our hope is for all children returning to school to have confidence and a readiness to learn.

This project was initially started to help families with the cost incurred of sending their children back to school. This year donations exceeded our expectations and we were able to surpass our original goal of serving 250 children.

Without our community partners we would have not been able to meet the needs of our community. Funding for backpacks was provided by Long Beach Island Rotary, which always supports our efforts. Murphy’s Market, Scissor Sisters, Kamy Dental, Surf City police and Heritage Point Women’s Group in Barnegat provided us with donations and funding to help our mission.

We would also like to thank the countless residents who purchased items needed to make this program a success. We are grateful to live in a close-knit community that selflessly gives to support those in need.

We hope that all of the families served have a happy and healthy school year.

Amy Mackenzie, director

Family Support Services

St. Francis Community Center

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