Community Partners of Dallas announces its 23rd annual Back to School Drive, benefiting abused and neglected children in Dallas County. Now through August 19, CPD along with individuals, organizations and businesses throughout Dallas will collect new school supplies and will prepare nearly 3000 children to start school with school supplies and uniforms.
This year’s drive got off to an exciting start with a donation over 1,400 backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by attendees at the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention. On Wednesday, July 13, Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, and Kaylynn When, state vice president of Texas FFA, presented the unprecedented number of backpacks to Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) and Corinne Karp, corporate relations director for CPD.
“This is the largest single donation of filled backpacks in our agency’s history, and we are so grateful to the members of Texas FFA for their generosity,” remarked McDaniel. “Now we hope the Dallas community will join in to help us reach of our goal of providing backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies and new school uniforms to 3000 children this year, ensuring that the abused and neglected children we serve have everything they need to thrive in their new classrooms,” said McDaniel.
In addition to supplies, such as 3-ring binders, colored pencils, glue bottles, markers, and construction paper, CPD especially needs backpacks, calculators, pink erasers, manila paper, compasses, Kleenexes and pencil pouches. Donations can be dropped off at CPD’s Central Location, 1215 Skiles Street in the Wilson Historic District in Dallas through August 19.
For a full list of school supplies needed, visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org or contact Corinne Karp at 214-624-7588.