Neighbors helping their neighbors; two organizations help families prepare for the start of the school year with flying colors

It’s already back-to-school time. While many kids are heading back to school without the basic supplies they need, back-to-school events here in the tri-state make that process a little easier. More than 500 backpacks were distributed on Saturday as students prepare to return to class. Two tri-state events not only outfitted these kids with clothes and shoes, but also a little message of hope. At Northside at Chase Elementary, over 400 families came out to score some goodies before the start of the school year.” Some families struggled, so it’s truly a pleasure to be able to host this event for the second year and j ‘hope to keep doing this for years to come,’ said Chase Elementary Principal Ashle Jones.From backpacks to hygiene products to free uniform accessories, kids could have fun playing stuff their bags. Volunteers do a bit of everything, even giving free haircuts and hair braiding to mentoring services with Guiding Light Mentoring. “We are able to meet the needs of young people and certainly at this time with increased gun violence, and then with the pandemic. COVID cases are increasing now, then monkeypox. So we just want to make sure we’re here to support them,” said Latisha Owens, CEO of Guiding Light Mentoring. Across town, college students Jordynn Jenkins and Skylar Beavers are hosting their second back-to-school event, “Make A Kid Ready.” We are children from low income households. You know, a struggling single-parent household and we had times when we were sponsored from Christmas before. We wanted to replicate something that could have that same feeling,” Jenkins said. The organization gave away more than 100 backpacks, free haircuts, free nail paint and even free shoes with the help with a familiar face, the Sole Bros. doing this made them feel, you could tell it was something personal. It’s really heart-warming,” Beaver said. Both girls are not only grateful to be able to give, but also share a message to those who grow like them. People and locate your resources, because your resources are useful,” Beavers said. “Never put a cap on yourself, you can go as far as you want,” said Jenkins They are now planning future events such as, ‘Make a Kid Spooky’ for Halloween and ‘Make a Kid Hoppy’ for Easter.

It’s already back-to-school time. While many kids are heading back to school without the basic supplies they need, back-to-school events here in the tri-state make that process a little easier.

More than 500 backpacks were distributed on Saturday as students prepare to return to class. Two tri-state events not only outfitted these kids with clothes and shoes, but also a little message of hope.

At Northside at Chase Elementary, more than 400 families came out to score some goodies before the start of the school year.

“Some families are struggling, so it’s truly a pleasure to be able to host this event for the second year and I hope to continue to do so for years to come,” said Chase Elementary Principal Ashle Jones. From backpacks and hygiene products to free uniform accessories, kids could have fun stuffing their bags. Volunteers do a bit of everything, even giving free haircuts and braiding hair to mentoring services with Guiding Light Mentoring.

“We are able to meet the needs of young people and certainly at this time with gun violence which has increased and then with the pandemic. COVID cases are increasing now and then monkeypox. So we just want to make sure that we we’re here to support them,” said Latisha Owens, CEO of Guiding Light Mentoring.

Across town, college students Jordynn Jenkins and Skylar Beavers are hosting their second back-to-school event, “Make A Kid Ready.”

“We’re kids who come from low-income households. You know, a struggling single-parent household and we’ve had times where we’ve been sponsored since Christmas before. We wanted to replicate something that could give that same feeling,” said said Jenkins.

The organization gave away over 100 backpacks, free haircuts, free nail polish and even free shoes with the help of a familiar face, the Sole Bros.

By asking them how they felt doing this, you could tell it was something personal.

“Just being in a position now to not just give back, but like you said to give back to people like us…you can’t put a word to it, it’s really heartwarming,” Beaver said. .

The two girls are not only grateful to be able to give, but also share a message to those who grow up like them.

“Believe in yourself, find the right people, connect with the right people, and locate your resources because your resources are helpful,” Beavers said.

“Never set yourself a ceiling, you can go as far as you want,” Jenkins said.

They are now planning future events such as “Make a Kid Spooky” for Halloween and “Make a Kid Hoppy” for Easter.

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