Local Charity To Dispense Care Kits For Kids

  • 5/14/2018 5:36:41 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - For over 50 years, Altrusa International's mission has been to dedicate time and effort to improving communities across the globe. On Monday, the Mansfield chapter of the altruistic organization met at the Mansfield City Schools' Board of Education Building to take the first steps in distributing "buddy bags" - kits for kids that were homeless or displaced around the area.

"This is a project that we began talking about a little over a year ago," said Linda Williams, Co-Chairman of the Tools For Schools Project. "We realized that the kids - because they're so transient - needed some toys or games to occupy their time when they're not at school. They need nutritional snacks and personal care items."

Williams and the Co-Chairman of the program, Susie Harlan, have worked on the project for over a year, securing funding through various local charities and businesses. The pair is coordinating the distribution of the Buddy Bags with Mansfield City School's SAFE program, which is dedicated to helping students in need.

"Every school district has an obligation to take care of the kids that are less fortunate," said Phil Mitchell, Coordinator of the SAFE Program. "That's where Mansfield City Schools' SAFE program comes in. It stands for Student Achievement through Family Engagement, and the things that (Altrusa) have been supplying in these Buddy Bags help our families stay engaged."

Throughout the coming weeks, the bags will be dispensed to students chosen by the SAFE program. Over 150 bags were created for the project, with supplies such as basic toiletries to coloring books and other items.

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