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Back 2 School Store helps underprivileged children

July 31, 2018
Back 2 School Store helps underprivileged children
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Damian Gilliard Jr., 5, tries on a new backpack at the Kingsley Center in Larimar on Sunday, July 24, 2016. The National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh section hosted the annual Back 2 School Store, which provides 500 elementary school students with free clothing, backpacks, and school supplies for the coming school year.

For the fourth consecutive year, National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section will host a Back 2 School Store from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 at The Kingsley Center in East Liberty. More than 600 elementary school children in kindergarten through fifth grade will shop with volunteers for new and brand name clothing, backpacks, school supplies and other items for the upcoming school year.

Organizers hope the event will provide a fun back-to-school experience for school children as well as raise awareness of the struggle under-resourced families may face this time of year.

Underprivileged children are identified by area service agencies and referred to the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section to participate in the event.

Last year’s event served 614 children.

“Back-to-school shopping is a regular, fun rite of passage at the end of each summer, but for some families in our community, this is a very stressful time of year,” says Cristina Ruggiero, National Council of Jewish Women executive director in a news release. “We want to eliminate some of the financial and emotional burdens families experience at this time of year by giving kids a back-to-school shopping day that is on par with their peers, while providing additional resources for parents and families who may be struggling.”

Details: 412-421-6118 or http://ncjwpgh.org

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