Backpack and Uniform Donations Prepare Hartford Children for School

Monday, December 30, 2013

September 2013

Thanks to The Village ‘s business and community partners, we were able to collect and distribute over 850 backpacks packed with school supplies and 300 uniform gift cards to children in Hartford. Children who received assistance headed back to school this month confident, prepared and ready to learn.

Going back to school can be an exciting time for children and teens, but many families served by The Village can’t afford backpacks, school supplies and the uniforms required by all Hartford public schools. Shirts and pants cost $15–20 each, a financial hardship for many families.

What recipients had to say:

“Thank you guys so much for the backpack and school supplies. I am so appreciative of you and those that give to people like myself. It’s such a great gesture. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to give back as well and help people like you guys have helped me. Thank you so much once again. You all are amazing!”

“Thank you for donating backpacks and school supplies. This is going to help me with my work. I am going to be in the 8th grade this year. My favorite subject is mathematics.”

Generous contributors included:

XL Global Services, Inc.
The Hartford
Hooker & Holcombe
Alvin Company
Triumph Engine Control Systems
Bright Horizons at Village Place
Zlotnick Construction
The Unitarian Society of Hartford
Office of the Comptroller
MCC Paralegal Association
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Tenants Association of Shepherd Park
North Canton Community United Methodist Church

About The Village: For more than 200 years, The Village for Families & Children has been working to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We fulfill this mission by providing a full range of children’s behavioral health treatment, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children and their families in the Greater Hartford region. For more information, visit or call 860-236-4511.