The Children’s Advocacy Alliance in Conway received more than 150 backpack donations from the Robinson Center Church of Christ Aug. 7 to serve children in the community during its annual Timothy’s Backpack Program.
The provided backpacks will be used to fill school supplies so that students starting the school year will not go without needed items.
To purpose of the program, a news released stated, is to guarantee that every child has a chance to have a happy, educational and confident school year.
"These children have to worry about past abuse, neglect, trauma, etc.," CAA intern Leia Smith said. "We don’t want them to have to worry about where they are going to get highlighters, pencils or a backpack."
Executive Director Tess Fletcher said the donation means more than words to their agency and the children who will benefit from it.
"This donations means that children get to start their school year like everyone else in their class," she said. "They get to be a kid. That’s all we want for these children."
Fletcher said it’s the little things that work together to make that possible.
CASA Advocate Supervisor Deb Kennemer said 150 children in our service will not have a bag that they can call their own filled with everything they need to start the school year off right.
"My heart is filled with joy," she said.
The church has been donating for more than 10 years.