H.E.L.P. Outreach will deliver supplies for at-risk, homeless students

West Orange -Cove CISD’s 21st Afterschool Centers on Education is partnering with the National Feed The Children Organization to deliver backpacks and non-perishable food bags to Orange County School Districts including WOCCISD, Bridge City, Little Cypress – Mauriceville, Orangefield and Vidor on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The collaboration is part of Feed the Children’s H.E.L.P. (Homeless Education and Literacy Program) Outreach.

A Feed the Children truck is scheduled to arrive at West Orange – Stark Middle School; unloading 18 pallets: four pallets of junior high backpacks filled with school supplies and other items; four pallets of elementary backpacks filled with school supplies and other items; eight pallets of food bags; and two pallets of children’s books. 

21st Afterschool Centers on Education volunteers will be present to distribute items.

Each Orange County school district collaborating partner (see above list) will receive 100 elementary backpacks, 100 junior high backpacks and 200 non-perishable food bags. These schools may pick up their at-risk / homeless supplies from West Orange – Stark Middle School from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 19.

Elementary backpacks are designated for use by students ages 4 – 10. They consist of: backpack w/water bottle, two hole pencil sharpener w/canister, spiral notebook, 12” ruler, large eraser, glue stick, 5” stainless steel scissors, fabric pencil case, pencils, pens, crayons, two pocket folder, highlighter, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/body bath, storage bag and a children’s book assortment.

Middle school/high school backpacks are designated for use by students ages 11 – 18. They consist of: backpack w/water bottle, two hole pencil sharpener w/canister, spiral notebook, 12” ruler, large eraser, glue stick, 5” stainless steel scissors, pencils, pens, pencil case, calculator, two pocket folder, highlighter, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/body bath, deodorant / anti-perspirant, storage bag, children’s book assortment.

Food bags consist of: vanilla cookies, fruit juice, cereal bars, beef snack sticks, fruit bars and granola bars.

Individual Orange County school districts may distribute the HELP backpacks / food bags to at-risk and/or homeless students.

The Orange County HELP project was organized by Deborah Mitchell, WOCCCISD 21st Afterschool Centers on Education program director. Other members of the WOCCISD organizing committee were Anitrea Goodwin, executive director of federal programs and special initiatives; Greg Willis, director of maintenance; Dr. Taylor Collins, superintendent; and Lorraine Shannon, director of public information.

“This project was an outcome of a national homeless conference at which Feed the Children was a participant. West Orange – Cove was able to share information regarding the impact of recent catastrophic weather events, as well as information regarding our socioeconomic levels. Feed the Children welcomed the opportunity to help,” Mitchell said.

She added, “We are pleased to be able to extend this project to our neighboring Orange County school districts and welcome the opportunity to help with their needs as well.”