Family Service seeks sponsors for children this back to school season

New backpacks, clothes and other supplies are needed

The back to school season is a difficult time of year for some families – lists of supplies can be long and costly. Families spend an average of $510 per household on back to school clothing, supplies and technology items, according to a 2018 survey by Deloitte.

Locals can help by sponsoring a child or by donating new clothes, backpacks and other supplies.

For those interested in becoming a sponsor, Family Service Association will provide them with the grade level, age and clothing size of a specific child so they can fill a backpack with supplies, a lunch box and new outfit. This is a great option for those already planning to shop for their child or grandchild. Family Service is happy to honor age or grade level requests depending on availability. Groups or companies are welcome to sponsor multiple children.

Last year, thanks to generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations, Family Service was able to provide 322 children with new backpacks filled with supplies, many including back to school outfits, as well.

All donated items go to Family Service clients, or children of clients between the ages of 4 and 18 years old, with demonstrated need.

To become a sponsor or to donate, contact Susan Fischer-Flagg at 215-757-6916, Ext. 218 or backtoschool@fsabc.org.