Helping Families in Need 2016
Today (August 1, 2016), our corporate office teamed up with the Lake Geneva, WI school district to donate 89 backpacks for middle and elementary school students! When, we started looking into how to go about helping our local community, were surprised to find that the organizer of the school supply donation project is a high school student named Julia. Three years ago, Julia was helping her Mom who works in the administrative building and overheard some families coming in to ask for help with school supplies. She was told that about 50% of the children that attend the schools qualify for the free lunch program and may not have the funds to provide supplies. Julia wanted to help to give them more and started a school supply fundraiser for needy families. The first year she helped 17 children and this year that number rose to 120!
Her fundraisers for this school year earned enough to purchase almost $2500 in school supplies, and our TopHAT corporate office helped with purchasing all the backpacks!! Dena, Elizabeth, Jolene and Courtney helped to separate each student’s requests into bags that the families will be picking up next week!
It was an overwhelmingly rewarding experience to know that we helped so many children in our area!
We are looking forward to seeing what each of our other locations are going to do to help their communities!