The Center for Community Transitions is asking the community to donate school supplies or hold donation drives for its “Back in Style” event, which helps children impacted by incarceration.
The 8th annual back-to-school fundraiser will help 300 kids with incarcerated loved ones prepare for the new school year by providing free school supplies, meals and haircuts on Thursday, Aug. 22.
“There are around 5,000 children in Mecklenburg County with a parent who’s currently incarcerated, which increases their risk of living in poverty,” said Myra Clark, CCT’s executive director. “Purchasing school supplies can be a major financial strain on families whose household incomes have been cut due to the incarceration of a family member.”
Requested items include: bookbags and backpacks, folders, crayons, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, composition books, USB flash drives, scissors, highlighters, erasers, pencil boxes and pouches, calculators and notebook paper.
CCT is asking individuals, churches, businesses and groups to collect school supplies at their location and then drop them off in bulk by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the organization’s administration office, 5825 Old Concord Road in Charlotte.
Last year, CCT provided 225 children with free bookbags and school supplies, gave 103 free haircuts and styles, and served 264 free dinners, thanks to the help of individuals, churches, sponsors, groups that donated items, and volunteer barbers and stylists.
For more information, contact Ciara Thompson at email@example.com or 704-494-8601, ext. 14. To make a financial contribution to Back in Style, visit centerforcommunitytransitions.org and click on the green Donate Now button.