Backpacks for West Virginia

$1,170 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 30 months
Les Mullings
for Healthy Connections Wellness Center Inc
 CHARLESTON, WV
At the end of June, many communities in West Virginia were devastated by floods. Thousand of families lost everything. About 25 schools sustained damage, and as communities begin the long process of rebuilding, it is just a few short weeks before students will be going  back to school in August. 

Challenge Preparatory Charter Schools in Far Rockaway, New York have pledged to provide and fill 500 backpacks with school supplies for students in West Virginia. We estimate that each pack and the needed supplies will cost around $25 each, so we are raising $13,000 for backpacks for students at the following schools:

Clendenin Elementary School
Bridge Elementary School

Nancy Foley, Kids Disaster Relief Coordinator and Julie Barnhart-Cable, Diaster Relief Coordinator are coordinating the effort locally for Challenge Charter Schools and HCWC, Inc. (Healthy Connections Wellness Center).

Now we can all give a little hope to the good people of West Virginia. Providing these backpacks means one less thing for each West Virginia family to worry about. Let's come together to help in this small way - no donation is too small!  

We have a just over a month to fill these packs before school begins!

Thank you for giving whatever you can to help a child get back to school with a full backpack in August.

Please share our campaign and give as generously as you can. Stay up to date on Challenge Prep's efforts to help with the WV Flood victims on Facebook.
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Update 9
Posted by Kimberly Messer
29 months ago
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Hey all,

We haven't reached our goal financially by any means, and we continue to appreciate you sharing our campaign. We committed to 500 backpacks and they have been delivered, but we still need funds to come in to help pay our volunteers back. Many of them simply fronted the money to help the cause!

Stay tuned for more info and photos of how we have been helping the students of Bridge and Clendenin Elementary. Thank you and please, continue to spread the word about our campaign.
Stacks of supplies organized for packs.
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Update 8
Posted by Kimberly Messer
29 months ago
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Happy Monday! Not all of the donations we need have been coming in through this campaign and website.

Recently, supplies were brought down all the way from Indianapolis. We thank West Virginia resident Melissa Huffman for storing these supplies to get them ready for back to school this month. She is a third grade teacher at Bridge Elementary School.

As we get closer and closer to the start of school, please continue to share our campaign. We still have needs for supplies, and we are committed to outfitting these children with backpacks this month.
Supplies loaded up in Melissa's garage.
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Update 7
Posted by Kimberly Messer
30 months ago
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Thank you to recent donors that are getting us a bit closer to $1300 of our $13000 goal. This weekend marked one month since the floods. Recent news stories confirm that many families are waiting on word about housing, and they are living in tents until recovery can begin.

Imagine not being able to jump in your car to get your child what he or she needs because your car and all your belongings are gone.

For children in this situation, going back to school will be helpful, giving them structure and stability, but they still need basic supplies and a backpack. Please continue to share our campaign with friends. Challenge each to give just $5. Thank you for your help.
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Update 6
Posted by Kimberly Messer
30 months ago
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This is what flood devastation looks like at a school. Mud covers everything. Every desk, every chair, every child's learning space affected. Efforts continue, and we are reaching out every day to partners to make these 500 school backpacks a reality, but our funding has stalled.

Please share with someone that can give just $5 today. Can we get to $1300 - 10% of our goal before the sun goes down?
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Beverly Osborne DeLoach
29 months ago

Wonderful news. I was afraid the campaign was stalling. If you haven't chosen a source for your backpacks yet you might want to check out DollarDays online. They have solid color ones for 3-4 dollars depending on size.

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$1,170 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 30 months
Created July 6, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Healthy Connections Wellness Center Inc
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Charleston, WV
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Anonymous
30 months ago
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$50
Ben Sherman
30 months ago
$10
Beverly
30 months ago

Thank you for helping the kids of WV

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Katarzyna armada
30 months ago
EB
$25
Elizabeth Bolen
30 months ago

If you can't give - Share.

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In Memory of Harkless R. Estep Sr. and Lucille Estep
30 months ago
$100
Pacific Grove Group
30 months ago
$100
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30 months ago
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$10
Ryan Dormagen
30 months ago
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$100
Nancy Foley
30 months ago
Beverly Osborne DeLoach
29 months ago

Wonderful news. I was afraid the campaign was stalling. If you haven't chosen a source for your backpacks yet you might want to check out DollarDays online. They have solid color ones for 3-4 dollars depending on size.

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