On Saturday, August 3rd, over 400 children received new backpacks, school supplies, jeans, socks and underwear, hygiene products, a free vision screening (and free glasses if needed at a follow up appointment with Vision Quest). The families also enjoyed a hot meal, access to a variety of local resource agencies, face painting, balloon animals by Disney artists, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, and visits with the 501st Legion Star Wars characters, Pawfection Therapy Dogs, UCF Entomology Club, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department who brought SnoCones!
It all started months in advance with more than 90 area businesses and churches hosting school supply collection boxes and donations from the community pouring in. Hundreds of volunteers then helped collect, sort, count and display the school supplies so families could get prepared for the upcoming school year. The 11th Annual Back to School Bash went off without a hitch with the help of our sponsors:
Premier Pools of Central Florida, Inc.
First United Methodist Church Oviedo
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Oviedo Medical Center
Insight Credit Union
Glickstein, Laval, Carris, PA
The Law Office of Brian D. Tadros, PA
Blades of Glory
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Oviedo Medical Research
Jean Scott Homes
Remax Town and Country Realty Bagwell Team
“I recently lost my job and my wife has recently started a new one. We know that school starts in one week, but we only have $1.82 in our checking account. It goes without saying that this event has helped tremendously! “
-HOPE Client, Kids of HOPE Back to School Bash Attendee
Thank you for your support!
What an amazing day! The Back to School Bash would not be possible without the 450 volunteers who donated their time and talents, our Sponsors who ensured each child received everything they need, the Interfaith Coalition who helped plan, donate and provide financial assistance, and local community partners who collected school supplies throughout the summer, donated food for families and volunteers
and stepped up to make this the most successful Bash yet.
Thank you all for your ongoing support and dedication to families in need.
-The Staff at HOPE Helps, Inc.
Click here to see photos from the event!