Children’s Back-to-School Packs Donated

Posted on Sep 1, 2017


AUSTIN, TEXAS, AUGUST 8, 2017 For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear. But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite.

Wonders & Worries executive director, Alex Gabbi, knows how common this is. “In addition to coping with the worry brought about by a serious illness, parents must often also cope with either reduced income or job loss when they can no longer work. For many Wonders & Worries families – 80% of whom have a cancer diagnosis – their illness means that they don’t have extra resources to buy the required school supplies for their children.”

To make a difference to children like these at the start of the new school year, the Office Depot Foundation donated colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to several Austin organizations, including 150 to Wonders & Worries.

Nicole Halder, director of outreach at Wonders & Worries, and former teacher herself, attended the Office Depot Foundation event with two of her daughters. “Each year, Wonders & Worries collects and distributes backpacks and school supplies to client families in need,” Halder said. “Because of Office Depot Foundation, we can help even more children reach their full potential this academic year.”

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and fun colors.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

Read the full press release.

Families needing a backpack or sackpack can contact Maria Patino at [email protected].

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