Helping Kids Get Back to School

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backpacksGoing back to school brings back memories of fresh notebooks and pens and shoes that needed breaking in. For many children in our area going back to school is a challenge because their families are struggling to provide the basics.Several Hudson County organizations are holding back-to-school drives for young students whose families may not be able to afford the much-needed supplies.

The Hoboken Family Alliance is Holding its 7th annual school supply drive from now until September 16th.  Their backpack and school supply donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project. Two options are available:  1) Pay Pal Donations or 2) Drop off Donations If you choose to drop off donations, they have a drop box at Big Fun Toys who will be selling backpacks and some school supplies as well.

The York Street Project, which benefits economically disadvantaged women and children, is accepting donations for its Back to School Drive until Aug. 25. Supplies needed include backpacks, binders, scissors, crayons, calculators, USB drives and hand sanitizer.

Supplies will be distributed evenly throughout all of the York Street Project’s programs. Those receiving the supplies include toddlers and kindergartners, high school students, and adults attending school. Donations can be dropped off at 89 York St. in Jersey City.

Call Shabree Henry at 201-451-8225 for a complete list of needed supplies.

The National Association of Professional Women’s Hudson County chapter is collecting items for its third annual Back to School Backpack Drive.

In addition to backpacks, the group is also asking for donations of any other school supplies. Donations will be accepted until mid-September and can be dropped off at 493 Jersey Ave. in Jersey City. Before making a drop-off, call Dolores Daniels at 201-839-6799.

WomenRising of Jersey City is holding a personalized backpack drive for Hudson County students until Aug. 25. The non-profit agency is asking for donations of backpacks for specific children, and it will match the backpacks with those children.

Backpacks for the drive are mainly donated by local organizations, but anyone can contribute. On Wednesday United Water gave 20 backpacks. Other participating businesses and organizations include Brown Brothers Harriman, TD Bank, Goddard School of Old Bridge and 2 Cute Mini Spa.

Last year 118 backpacks were collected. The drop-off location is 270 Fairmount Ave. in Jersey City. For information on what types of backpacks to donate, call 201-333-5700.

H.I.G.H.W.A.Y.S. will hold its annual Backpacks for Bayonne Kids Aug. 25-29. Anyone can donate backpacks and supplies to Bayonne children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The organization is asking for those interested to sign up before Aug. 25 and so far, 125 people have agreed to participate.

Those wishing to contribute may drop the items off at H.I.G.H.W.A.Y.S. Thrift Store or Bayonne Community Bank. For more information, call 201-471-2635.

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