Back-To-School: Youth Villages stuffs 1,100 backpacks for midstate kids
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
FOX 17 News is your back-to-school station and happening on Tuesday, about 1,100 backpacks were stuffed for children in Middle Tennessee who are headed back-to-school without support from their families.
Volunteers and donors at Youth Villages packed all the school necessities in brand new backpacks donated to the foster care organization.
FOX 17 News's Erika Kurre is among those chipping in to fill them up to be given to the children Thursday and Friday.
Something as small as a brand new backpack with school supplies can help build self-esteem for children in foster care and even helps with behavioral issues.
Youth Villages Asst. Dir. of Development for Middle Tennessee, Greg Schott says, "Most kids, when they go back to school, they have something new to take with them. They have new backpacks, new school supplies. Our kids don't know what that's like. Most everything they get is hand-me-downs. So in this case, these things are brand new. Sometimes, for the first time, they've got something new. Something that's their own. They feel like their peers."
The Backpack Heroes program helps children across Middle Tennessee.
They have an ongoing need for supplies throughout the year with new kids constantly coming into foster care.