Deborah Heart and Lung Center kicked off its annual Back-to-School Drive today to help local school children with much-needed school supplies.
The Hospital’s second annual backpack drive benefits neighboring children in designated low-and moderate-income households. Deborah’s team works with the management company of nearby apartment complexes, identifying the children, and coordinating the purchase and distribution of the school supplies.
For all monies received from Deborah’s staff, Deborah matches the donation. Last year over $1,600 was contributed to the backpack fund, helping nearly 50 school children. The goal this year is to expand that reach to 75 children.
“It is important to us to be good neighbors in our community,” said Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella. “The children that we help live right in our neighborhood, and we want to ensure that as many as possible get off on the right footing at the start of school. I am proud of the generous support our employees give to this program, and it is so gratifying to see the faces of the children when they receive backpacks full of notebooks, pads, pens, crayons, lunchboxes, and other assorted items that most children take for granted. Helping these children start the school year successfully plants a seed that we all benefit from in the future.”
Cash donations for the backpack drive will be accepted at the Hospital’s information desk through August 24.