The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund donated $20,000 to Bristol Township School District in order to help students and their families in need.
“Many children face undesirable conditions at home that are related to finances and completely out of their control,” said Gene Epstein, Bucks County philanthropist. “I wanted to help get students through that and take the stress off of them at home.”
Bristol Township School District formed a Gene Epstein Donation Fund Committee of social workers, school counselors and nurses to distribute the funds. They identified families in need and connected them with local resources and referrals, and carefully assessed what amount of money was needed.
Thanks to the substantial donation, BTSD has been able to provide for several families experiencing hardships who were in dire need of rent, food, clothing, auto maintenance and more.
“Gene has been extremely generous and the families are very grateful,” said Regina Jones, coordinator of health services at BTSD.
With basic needs like clothing, food and shelter covered, students can now focus on their education.
“I believe in education for everybody,” said Epstein. “The more educated children are, the better off they are for their entire lives. I wanted to give them that opportunity for a better education.”