School supplies and clothing are two of the most basic and important necessities when beginning a new school year.
For the impoverished children in our country, though, these are often the most difficult items for families to provide.
The Kiwanis Club of Galt saw this issue in their own community, a small city with a large low-income population, and stepped in to help.
By partnering with counselors at their local elementary schools, as well as their local Walmart and dental professionals, the Galt club identified 12 of the most disadvantaged children in their community and treated them to breakfast, a back-to-school shopping spree, and a lesson on the importance of oral hygiene, which included free dental supplies.
Elizabeth Haglund, President of the Kiwanis Club of Galt noted, “some of these children have never been to the dentist.” Hagluund went on to say, “We hope to reach these families for future care.”
According to Haglund, “The project was a very big success in helping families in need with new school clothes, sock, shoes, underwear, etc. They could not afford school supplies, dental supplies, [and] a backpack . . . [and] were in dire need and literally did not have shoes to wear to school.”
Thanks to these selfless Kiwanians, these disadvantaged children were provided with the clothing and supplies necessary to start the new school year on the right foot!