LAKEWOOD – The Caring for Kids “Ready to Learn Fair” is set for Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lochburn Middle School (5431 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood). This free event gives students an opportunity to start school right with clothing, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, immunizations (bring immunization records), hygiene products, books, bike helmets and food. [Read more…]
Caring for Kids, an all-volunteer community organization, is preparing for their annual back to school events for kids on free and reduced lunch. The sites in August are Lochburn Middle School the 9th which is the main event. Special area events are Springbrook Park the 12th for the Springbrook area and Tillicum Community Center the 14th for the Woodbrook/Tillicum area. Last year we helped 3,626 in need with a backpack, school supplies and hygiene products. In addition at Lochburn families have access to good used clothing, immunizations, haircuts, sports physicals, face painting, and lunch. We only serve Lakewood, JBLM, Steilacoom and University Place. If you would like to volunteer at any of these events or make a donation please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-279-9777.
Working directly with the Lakewood WIC office Caring for Kids provides basic needs and educational materials for their clients. So far this year Caring for Kids has delivered 52 coats, 10 blankets, 250 workbooks, 49 bags of baby clothes and 125 Growing Up is Fun bags.
Caring for Kids will be the focus of this month’s takeover at Carrs’ Restaurant. Please come, have fun and enjoy a great meal between 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. on April 15 to support this hardworking organization. The monthly takeovers involve four other organizations, including LASA, the Methodist Church Fish Food Bank, Clover Park Kiwanis and the Lakewood First Lions Club. So mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month to support these hard working organizations. They are all making a big difference in our Lakewood community.
Caring for Kids distributed 1,004 books to Headstart, ECEAP and low income kindergarten classes in celebration of Read across America this month. They were beautiful Disney books with a value of at least $15. We are lucky to be able to apply for grants through the national organization called First Book. Instead of the $15 we only paid $ .65 for shipping. The books are free. Caring for Kids is an all-volunteer organization helping kids in need.
By Diane Formoso
Caring for Kids distributed 1,255 books to ECEAP/Headstart and low income kindergarteners in celebration of Read Across America. The books were beautiful hard back Disney books valued at $15 each. Luckily Caring for Kids applied this year for the First Book National Distribution and received the books for $ .45 each. The work is labor intensive for an all volunteer organizations but the smiles on the faces of the kids are worth their weight in gold. Caring for Kids is making a difference. Follow Caring for Kids on FacebookC or call 253-279-9777 for more information.
Caring for Kids provides prepacked baby clothes to WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Care-Net (Crisis Pregnancy), Caring for Kids Clothing Bank and other community agencies. This program also gives high school special needs students work experience in packaging the baby clothes for distribution. If you have a donation, you can drop it off at the Clover Park main administratioin building next to Clover Park High School. This is a wonderful program with “kids helping kids” and is appreciated by our community partners.
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