About 1,200 students received backpacks and school supplies last month at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds, and another school-supply giveaway will take place tomorrow, organized by the Kaufman Christian Help Center.
“I was a single parent, so I know the struggles for some parents,” to provide an extensive list of school supplies for their children, said Rhonda Morrow, who organized the July 20 giveaway. “It’s very expensive.”
Morrow’s organization, Taylored Community Outreach, has been providing school supplies for years, and the need grows every year. “It really got this big in the last three years,” she added.
Backpacks are provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department and Bethlehem Baptist Church, with school supplies donated by Wal-Mart, as well as churches and individual donors. JC Penney donated school uniform shirts this year, as well.
Morrow has multiple sclerosis, but said she is grateful every day “that God put me back on my feet,” she said, although she is using a crutch right now.
“This is my way of giving back.” She also leads programs for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage, as well as providing turkeys for local families at Thanksgiving.
Area churches also are providing supplies for 350 backpacks that will be given away from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 9 at Calvary Baptist Church at 1609 Rand Road. This is the 15th annual event organized by the Kaufman Christian Help Center. More information is available from the Center at (972) 932-8866.