We are teaming up with you, our community, to build awareness for the serious need for basic school supplies young, deserving children right here in Southwest Michigan.

Our goal is to raise enough essential school supplies and funds to help children start their school year off with confidence and pride.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • More than 178,000 Michigan children live below poverty levels.
  • 1 in 4 (25%) MI children live in a household with income below 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • Most low income families are working families. 75% of Michigan’s poor families have a parent in the workforce. Employment is not adequate to lift these working families out of poverty. These parents want to provide for their children.
  •  The lack of quality early education, can have a significant impact on children's readiness for school, and their potential for life long educational and work success.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Across southwest Michigan, kids arrive to school empty handed. They don't have the basic supplies they need to learn and feel accepted. Imagine trying to hide your sadness, your embarrassment as you enter your classroom and silently sit at your desk hoping nobody will notice when the teacher says, “Pull out your pencil and begin writing.” You don’t even have a pencil.

We want to help the kids in this heartbreaking scenario. Join us in the fight to give these kids every opportunity to learn. We're collecting school supplies at the below drop-off locations throughout the Kalamazoo, Portage and Battle Creek areas.

DROP SCHOOL SUPPLIES AT THESE LOCATIONS

CARite of Kalamazoo

5281 S 9th Street

Autobody USA

7697 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo

8326 Shaver Road, Portage

1700 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek

12950 15 Mile Road, Marshall

120 Helen Avenue, Otsego

418 E. Chicago Street, Coldwater

52836 N. US Highway 131, Three Rivers

1013 N. Clay Street, Sturgis

Cindy Thomas - Attorney

395 South Shore Drive #204, Battle Creek

Sherwin Williams

6431 B Drive North, Battle Creek

Townsquare Media

4154 Jennings Drive, Kalamazoo

390 Golden Ave, Battle Creek