Sleep Train Helps Foster Kids Step on the School Bus Confidently
Annual collection drive asks community to donate essential tools for a successful school year
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Sacramento – June 24, 2013 – Remember getting on the bus for the first day of school? Nerve wracking, right? Now imagine starting a new school with new teachers and classmates after moving into an unfamiliar home. That’s the reality for many foster children, which can make starting a new school year even scarier. Sleep Train, the West Coast’s largest mattress retailer, aims to ease foster kids’ first-day jitters with its annual collection of school supplies.
Beginning today through August 11th, the Sleep Train Foster Kids program is accepting donations of new school supplies at its more than 100 locations throughout California. Key items requested include 3-ring binders, loose-leaf paper, multi-subject notebooks, flash drives, pencils, and backpacks.
“Backpacks are a favorite among school supplies for the school age foster youth we serve,” said Jennifer Harper, Director of Development at Alternative Family Services. “They tend to be one of the more expensive school supply items needed, and having one in hand allows the kids to focus on other essential needs. We are grateful for the support of Sleep Train and donors who turn shopping for themselves into a giving opportunity that makes an incredible impact on the individual lives of local foster youth.”
Help a foster child start the school year off right. Donate school supplies to a Sleep Train location near you, or donate online where Sleep Train employees can shop for school supplies on your behalf. You can also reach out to schools, clubs, sports teams or businesses in your area that would support the cause and Host-Your-Own-Drive. Remember that while “Not everyone can be a foster parent, anyone can help a foster child.”