MOM Gives Backpacks To Students As School Year Begins

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Volunteer Adria McCarthy, director HR Systems and Technology at Spectrum Brands, Inc., helps hand out school supplies at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in downtown Middleton.

On Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23, more than 600 kids from around the West Madison and Middleton areas received a gift from Middleton Outreach Ministry and the community that will give them a boost of confidence on their upcoming first day of school.  In its 14th year, the School Supply program provided 630 school-aged children and teens with items that they will need to be successful in the upcoming year.

“Each child received a backpack filled with supplies that is customized for the grade that they will be entering,” said Judy Kujoth, Case Manager for Middleton Outreach Ministry.  “Our goal is to provide more than the basics so that they are truly prepared.  The program also supplies relief to families worried about the extra expense of the often costly supplies.”

The backpack distribution, which will serve MOM clients who have preregistered for the program, ran in conjunction with a clothing and sporting goods distribution through MOM’s Clothing Center.  At a time of year where many families are shopping for new school clothing for their growing children, clients can take as much clothing as they need to clothe their children for the upcoming cooler weather.

“Giving the students the items that they need to fit in and feel prepared can make a profound difference in the life of a student,” says Al Ripp, Executive Director at MOM.  “The School Supply Program and the Clothing Center are both ways that MOM is working to keep families in stable housing, supplying them with the assistance they need to free up financial resources to pay for necessary expenses like rent.”

Supplies for the Program were donated by area individuals, groups and companies.  Volunteers, including some groups who helped as a part of the United Way’s Days of Caring, collected and sorted supplies and stuffed backpacks.  


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