KARE for Kids receives four grants to support back-to-school assistance
Buchan said that Friendlyola EMC, which awarded the group a grant of $ 1,000, and Sawnee EMC, which awarded them a grant of $ 3,140, were able to provide the grants under their respective programs. of “Round-Up,” which allow electric customers to round off their electric bills so that businesses can donate to local organizations.
Buchan said Home Depot also gave KARE for Kids an additional $ 1,000 in new shelving for the organization’s new building. And most recently, Walmart was able to give the organization a grant of $ 2,000.
According to Buchan, KARE for Kids will use the funding to help children in the community with back-to-school clothes. She said they hope to do so by working with counselors and social workers from the Dawson County school system, as well as other local nonprofits.
“What we’re going to call it is KARE’s Kloset. We will be working with local agencies for kids who need back to school clothes, ”Buchan said. “When we started with these grants, our goal was really to be able to help families. ”
For Buchan, this mission strikes a personal note with its own story.
“I come from a divorced family; it was my mom and she had three daughters and I remember being that kid in middle school that went to school and looked at the other girls that had the Jordache jeans and the Nike shoes and we always had pocket clothes ”, Buchan said. . “So I know what that does to your self-esteem, and I just think if the kids have a fresh start like what we could give them, they could be proud of it, and when they are proud of it, they are happy.” and they learn better.