In the United States, more than 16 million children live in poverty. A good education is essential for building a successful career and making it in life, but poverty-stricken students face many obstacles–including the lack of access to school supplies.
The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) is striving to help students and their teachers in this department. It’s an organization dedicated to providing free school supplies for children who need the help. Thanks to donations from manufacturers and retailers, KINF has established “resource centers” across the nation. These are stores are stocked with learning supplies–everything from paper and pencils to backpacks and educational software.
The donated supplies never enter a warehouse. Instead, they go straight to the resource centers. Teachers who may pick up free supplies from resource centers work for prequalified schools at which at least 70 percent of the student body is eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program.
KINF performs a very important work in low-income communities. Their website recounts experiences of students living in homeless shelters who developed trust in their teachers and began attending class regularly thanks to the learning supplies made available through the National Network of Resource Centers program.
Now, US Company Georgia Pacific is contributing to the cause.
Based out of Atlanta, GP is a major manufacturer of paper products. Their diverse set of products includes napkins, paper towels, tissue, printer paper, building products, and tissue. Although the Corporation’s name may not be so well known to the general public, its many famous brands include Brawny, Dixie, Angel Soft, and Quilted Northern.
On October 28, GP announced that it would be donating $365,000 to KINF, along with a large quantity of paper products. The cash and paper will be used to stock Resource Centers across the nation.
GP is helping fill a major void. One in five students is unable to afford basic school supplies as a result of family economic conditions. When students are unprepared for school, they’re less attentive. Many teachers are now spending as much as $500 dollars of their own money every year to help students in need.
The donation from GP will allow KINF to continue its work among schools. In 2014, the foundation provided over 4 million children with school supplies.
There have been many success stories related to KINF and its Resource Centers. In December of last year, KINF was in Arkansas providing backpacks full of school supplies to children in low-income neighborhoods.
Earlier that year, the foundation brought Christmas early to Mayflower Elementary School in Conway, Arkansas when it gave supplies to the student body of 426. This came after a tornado had ravaged the area and brought immense financial distress to many families.
Georgia Pacific and the Kids in Need Foundation are helping change the lives of millions of young people throughout the country. The recent donation will help students acquire confidence and move forward with hope toward a brighter future.