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Kids Helping Kids: Teens Volunteer with World Vision in North Texas to Help Other Students in Need

Students from Jefferson Christian Academy recently took the opportunity to pack some love for fellow students in need.

Ten teenage students from Jefferson Christian Academy headed to World Vision’s North Texas warehouse in Grand Prairie to volunteer their time. At the warehouse, they helped pack more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies for four DFW-area elementary schools with students in need. 

“Seeing these students’ willingness to jump in and help would inspire anyone,” said Roberta Taylor, partner coordinator with World Vision. “They worked so hard for students they will likely never meet. It was wonderful to have them here in the warehouse to lend a hand and help pack these backpacks with school supplies and hope.”

For many families, this year is harder than it has ever been, as the effects of the pandemic hit hard. World Vision is helping all over the world, including in North Texas, where the organization runs a dedicated warehouse, stocking goods for people in need. This warehouse also includes the World Vision Teacher Resource Center, where typically, teachers at Title I schools would come in to the center themselves and select supplies for students in need. During COVID, however, these visits from teachers are just not possible. 

“We have found new ways to help the students who need help, and the backpack project was a way to deliver the help to students,” Taylor said.

Representatives from two of the beneficiary schools, elementary schools in Grand Prairie and Fort Worth ISDs, came to pick up the backpacks and take them to their schools, where every single student (600 in each school!) received their very own backpack filled with all the supplies they need, including notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpener, hand sanitizer, masks, ear buds, bottled glue, and glue sticks.

World Vision works to fill basic needs that many Americans take for granted, providing families in need with essentials such as personal hygiene products, household cleaning items, clothing, and school supplies. When families don't have to spend money on these basics, their limited budgets can be used for other essentials such as food, rent, and utilities.

Manufacturers and corporate donors supply World Vision with top-quality products, such as hygiene and household essentials, school and office supplies, clothing, health care and medical items, and building materials—all aimed at improving the quality of life for families battling poverty. These items are organized and managed in World Vision's sites across the United States. World Vision then supplies these goods to local churches, shelters, schools, clinics, and other organizations that serve children and families. These service organizations ensure the goods are given to families in greatest need.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020