Mission of Hope distributes 100 backpacks to area kids

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/11/17

DORA — Thursday morning, the Mission of Hope in Dora provided mesh backpacks full of school supplies to 100 students in Head Start through 12th-grade, ahead of the first day of school next week.

After receiving the backpacks, several parents …

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Mission of Hope distributes 100 backpacks to area kids

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DORA — Thursday morning, the Mission of Hope in Dora provided mesh backpacks full of school supplies to 100 students in Head Start through 12th-grade, ahead of the first day of school next week.

After receiving the backpacks, several parents spoke about how much help the giveaway is to their families.

“We appreciate it so much. It really means a lot to us,” said one Jasper woman whose daughters received backpacks.

“We don’t have money to make a $40 donation” per child for their teachers to purchase the school supplies for them, said a mother of six who was picking up backpacks for her children. “That’s a lot of money when you’re on a limited income, so we’re really grateful.”

She added that her children are always excited to see what all is in their backpacks.

Both women declined to have their names used in the newspaper.

One student, Victoria Rabren, said it would be impossible for her and her siblings to get school supplies without the help from Mission of Hope.

The giveaway was funded through a “Packing Backpacks for School” grant from Youth Leadership Walker County. Local churches also donated supplies for the backpacks.