GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County group called “Our Foster Kids” is collecting school supplies to help kids be better prepared for the upcoming school year and take the financial burden off struggling families.
They say they are in desperate need of heavy backpacks for older teens, as well as markers, erasers, pens and notebook paper.
“Our goal is to actually build 1,000 backpacks and that will be enough to service our foster kids as well as about 600 low income families,” Our Foster Kids President and Sterling Bank Branch Manager, Bea Ryan, said.
Organizers estimate they have close to half of the supplies to meet that goal. The backpacks will be handed out to kids in need at the “Kids Care Fair” August 24th at Parkway Christian Church. Donations will be accepted before then at Grants Pass Sterling Bank, Parkway Christian Church, Big Lots, Walmart, and Albertsons in Grants Pass.