Fairfax Charity Seeks Donations for Back to School Program
Contact: Lisa Whetzel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAIRFAX, VA (June 27, 2012) – Fairfax-based charity Our Daily Bread (ODB) is seeking donations from the community to provide school supplies to needy children who attend school in the Fairfax County area as part of its Collect for Kids Back to School Program.
For the second year, ODB is collaborating with Kids R First, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Public Schools and other area non-profit agencies to purchase high quality school supplies at a deeply discounted rate through a partnership with the Collect for Kids program. The program will allow ODB to provide all the supplies a student needs for approximately $10 per student, where it can traditionally cost approximately $40 per child.
ODB’s goal is to provide supplies for 700 qualified needy children who attend schools in the Fairfax High School and J.E.B. Stuart High School pyramids. In 2011, ODB assisted 438 children in central Fairfax. ODB hopes to continue to expand the program in future years in hopes of ensuring that as many needy children as possible receive assistance.
Lisa Whetzel, Our Daily Bread’s Executive Director, said, “Our Daily Bread is excited to partner with Kids R First and work with Fairfax County Public Schools and other local non-profits to better utilize community resources to ensure that we help as many children as possible. For many families in our area who are working hard but struggling to make ends meet, the prospect of finding the funds to purchase new supplies for their children each year can be stressful. We hope the community will respond generously to ensure that children whose families are in crisis are able to return to school this fall with the tools they need to succeed in the new school year.”
In addition to financial contributions to purchase the supplies, ODB is seeking donations of new backpacks and scientific calculators (TI-30Xa, TI-83 or TI-84). ODB will accept donations from July 2 through August 10 at its offices at 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, or at the following local businesses that are partnering with ODB:
- Apple Federal Credit Union: Fairfax (9701 Main Street) and Vienna (419A Maple Avenue East)
- Bertucci’s Restaurants (Alexandria, Herndon, Springfield, and Tysons Corner locations only.)
- Valvoline Instant Oil Change (9885 Fairfax Blvd.)
- Virginia Heritage Bank (Fairfax Branch Only – 11166 Fairfax Blvd)
Our Daily Bread is a volunteer-based organization focused on easing the plight of low-income residents in the Fairfax County area of Virginia. ODB offers emergency financial assistance and food assistance to qualified residents of the Fairfax County area and operates school supply and Holiday assistance programs. It also provides a variety of Financial Literacy programs, including financial mentoring and free monthly budgeting classes and six-week Credit Smart courses. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, ODB can bring these classes to local workplaces and community-based organizations for free. For information contact 703-273-8829 or visit www.ODBFairfax.org.