Through our Cares Program during the last couple of weeks, we collected school supplies for homeless children of all ages in the Atlanta area for the Children's Restoration Network (CRN), a non-profit agency with programs and special events for children and their mothers to ease the transition through homelessness. For the 20th year, CRN hosted its Back 2 School program, encouraging the public and area organizations to bring new book bags and school supplies to area Kroger supermarkets. School supplies included notebooks and notebook paper, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, binders, scissors, glue and more. See the photos below for how it went.
We still get excited about school supplies, even though it's been awhile since we needed them! Consultant Advisors Matt Kasperzak, Caitlin Gentry, Lindsey Gray and Neika Powell show their love for new school supplies in the center photo.
Some kid is going to be very excited about that Spiderman backpack in the first photo above. We gathered so many supplies, we filled up the (previously empty) bin at this Alpharetta Kroger store. On Aug. 1 and 2, volunteers gathered in Roswell to sort the supplies and stuff the bags, with the goal of 4,000 new bookbags and school supplies, for distribution to children across more than 130 shelters and group homes in 20 counties.
Through our Cares Program, comprised of individual and group volunteer activities, our company supports organizations located in the communities where our employees work and causes that focus on children, education or health and human service. We established the Cares Program to promote the humanity of employees, foster teamwork and help community members live better, healthier lives through volunteerism and charitable giving.