KKIS volunteers returned to the El Peten neighborhood to deliver school supplies to the students we had helped last year. These kids did not receive backpacks this year but instead a large plastic bag from Tony’s Papeleria filled with all they would need to start school Aug. 19. We arrived with two SUVs packed with goods. One of them held backpacks and supplies for the kids we had taken applications from two weeks earlier. The other held bags and bags of supplies for last year’s kids.
Marilou, a KKIS Board member, and Suzanna, a Mexican friend processed both groups of kids and it all went smoothly. Half way through I remembered the large bag full of school uniform shirts that a family had donated to us and pulled them out. There is an older post about that on this site, but needless to say they were gone in a flash.
More mothers wanted to make application for aid, but we had decided beforehand that our fundraiser money had been spent and we needed to say “no more at this time”, taking telephone numbers with hope that after our Fall fundraiser we can help more children stay in school.
When we called the families two weeks before the delivery, we told them we would be at the park from 3 – 5 pm Saturday. By 4:45 the vehicles were totally emptied and we were out of there. A day well spent, a job well done.