For children experiencing homelessness, going back to school from summer break can be really stressful. It can be hard to concentrate, get your homework done, and make friends when you are not sleeping in your own bed.
For the last four years, PHFS volunteers John and Rachel Devlin have organized a donation drive to provide these kids with everything they need to go back to school. This year, 56 donors came together to get backpacks and age-appropriate school supplies for all 100 kids in PHFS’ programs.
These children will begin their school year with everything they need, including Jansport backpacks, gift cards for back to school clothes, and tons of folders, pencils, crayons, binders, and more. Being prepared on the first day of school with the supplies they need made these kids feel so much more prepared and confident.
Families received these backpacks after watching a family-friendly film movie screening and enjoying popcorn at Hollywood Theatre. Hollywood Theatre generously hosted the movie screening and popcorn free of charge for Portland Homeless Family Solutions clients, staff, and volunteers.
Sponsored by Hollywood Theatre and John and Rachel Devlin.