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Care Service provides 200 backpacks for Tri-County students

More than 200 low-income students in the tri-county area recently were equipped with brand-new backpacks, fully-stocked with school supplies thanks to the volunteers and donors of the Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

“The families that come to the Care Service for assistance are struggling to keep the lights on and make sure their families are fed. Purchasing school supplies is an added expense that is beyond their budget,” explained Pam Struckhoff, executive director at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. “We wanted to ease this burden, and provide children with the tools necessary for a strong start to the school year.”

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service holds an annual School Supply Drive each August to ensure children in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties have access to basic and necessary school supplies. According to the National Retail Federation, parents of students in elementary school through high school anticipate spending close to $800 on back-to-school supplies and clothing this year.

“Our families have no extra money to purchase new clothes or supplies for their children. They often have to make tough decisions on how to pay both their rent and their electric bill. School supplies are simply a cost they cannot afford,” Struckhoff said. “Thank you to the many donors who dropped off school supplies or purchased items on Amazon to make this annual event successful.”

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