Donations sought for United Way’s ‘Adopt-A-Child’ program

The first day of school can be a tough time for needy children whose parents cannot afford a nice outfit and/or appropriate school supplies. A child’s self-image has a dramatic effect on performance in the classroom and the lack of a positive self-image can create lasting consequences.

United Way believes that the first day of school is an important event in a child’s life that is often overlooked. Thus, they began the Adopt–A–Child Back to School Program in 1999, helping 30 children. They have continued this program each year and it has grown dramatically, with over 500 children served last year alone. This year, the number of children signed up is over 550. United Way needs your help!

United Way is looking to local residents to be generous to help the needy children in the area as they make their way back to school in the fall. The future of many of these children depends on their performance in school and United Way wants to ensure that all children are on a level playing field.

If you or your company wants to take part in this valuable program and help a child in need, please call Emily at United Way, (860)582-9559. You will be asked to provide a first day of school outfit for a child, along with a backpack filled with school supplies. United Way will provide you with a child’s first name, gender, clothing sizes, and favorite colors to help you in purchasing your gift. Even a small monetary donation can go a long way to help the United Way staff purchase items for these children.

Donations can be dropped off to United Way on either Aug. 10 or 11 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, so that they can distribute the gifts before the first day of school.

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