The Clay FRN requested funding for several projects that the community and local agencies feel are important. None of these are new projects, but without the support from BC&G, none would have been successful. We were able to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies for older children removed from their homes and taken to foster care. We also purchased backpacks for younger children filled with stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons and hygiene products. Children removed from homes face enough trauma without having to pack their little bit of belongings in trash bags, and explain in class the next day why they have no backpack. The Clay FRN has been able to provide backpacks for DHHR to distribute to children removed from homes for the past several years.
We also were able to purchase hygiene products for all children going from the 5th grade to middle school. We have worked with counselors to provide training for children and sending shampoo, deodorant, and other needed products. This period of transition in their lives is very important and we need to show as much support as possible. This project is structured so every 6th grade student receives a gift bag, and no one student has unnecessary attention drawn to their needs.
Shoes and socks were purchased and given to the Extension Office for 4-H camp. The FRN provided 50 pairs of shoes for children who come to camp with worn out shoes or just flip-flops. To participate in camp activities, they need good shoes.
All of the projects were made possible due to the generosity of the BC&G. So, “Thank you,” from the needy children of our county.