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“Kits for Kids” campaign is a success

By Dina Reynolds
Posted Thursday, September 8, 2005

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Siler City, NC - Thanks to this year’s “Kits for Kids” campaign, nearly 250 children in Chatham County School’s Special Needs Program went to school better prepared to succeed. This program, with coordination from the United Way of Chatham County, gathered backpacks, filled them with basic school supplies and distributed them to children whose families could not afford these materials.

Due to the tremendous response from local businesses, churches and community members, all those in need of supplies received backpacks, notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, crayons, book covers and even new school clothes. Many people also donated educational materials and puzzle books.

For the third consecutive year, First National Bank & Trust in Siler City joined in the effort. Acting as a donation drop-off point, the staff encouraged customers and fellow businessmen to help local children excel academically through the provision of essential supplies. In addition to collecting school materials, the bank also made a financial gift to purchase supplies throughout the year.

“We are happy to have the opportunity to assist the students of Chatham County,” said Chris Walker, City Executive for First National Bank and Trust in Siler City. “Going back to school should be a fun time, not a traumatic one. Having the school supplies that all the other kids have is really important to the children. Meeting this need enables the students to focus on learning and that’s what matters.”

“I am proud to live in such a giving community with people who express their sincere concern for each other by actively making a difference, stated Dina Reynolds, Executive Director of United Way of Chatham County. “This outpouring perfectly demonstrates this year’s campaign message of focusing on what matters.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints greatly aided the campaign by donating 120 backpacks and book bags, filled with supplies. This donation, along with contributions from many other neighbors, met the need for the beginning of the school year and yielded enough supplies for another 150 students. These materials will be needed in January for the second semester.

“The sad fact is many families in our area simply can't afford school supplies, said Mary Harris, Project Director of the Chatham County Schools Basic Needs for Children Program. “With the average cost running $25 to $100 per child, it is difficult for families to meet the additional expense.”

Area businesses that collected school supplies for the “Kits for Kids” campaign include: ProKleen, Robin’s Nest, First Baptist Church, Regal Furniture, Jerry Harris Realty & Auction, Al’s Diner, Robyn’s Nest, Remax Southern Advantage and State Farm Insurance.

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