Thanks to a donation from Friends Who Care of Sanibel and the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, students who live in CHR homes will be receiving help with school supplies. Both groups donated Target gift cards which totaled $100 per child – $70 cards from Friends Who Care and $30 cards from the Optimists. 35 children will receive the gift cards, having been previously identified by CHR as representing families that could use a helping hand with back-to-school expenses.
Tom Louwers of Friends Who Care and a group of members from the Optimist Club hand delivered the donation to CHR’s office. Louwers noted how the rising expense of school supplies can be a burden for many families and how even schools often struggle to provide supplies for their classrooms.
Kelly Collini, CHR’s executive director, agrees. “Whenever you help kids you’re making an investment in your community,” she said. “I know that our CHR families will appreciate this donation, and it warms my heart to see the generosity of those involved with Friends Who Care and the Optimists. And it’s awesome to see two island organizations partnering to make this happen.”
Donations from community partners allow CHR to help its residents in many ways, including assisting with educational opportunities, during temporary financial crises, and making family life in CHR’s affordable housing program fun and rewarding for kids.
Collini encourages island businesses, agencies, and individuals to get to know the residents of CHR’s affordable housing program by visiting here, and by becoming involved with the important work of CHR.
“These are hardworking people who support our island community every day,” Collini notes, “and most of them are living within very limited budgets. Receiving assistance from island agencies and from generous islanders relieves some financial pressure and makes life here even better—for all of us.”