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600 foster children prepare for Back2School


Heritage Hall volunteer Addie Ritenour helps by shopping with a foster child for a new dress.
Citizens Caring for Children and Circle of Care help foster children get ready for new school year
OKLAHOMA CITY – Supply lists are out and preparations for the new school year are in full swing. That’s why Citizens Caring for Children (CCC) and Circle of Care teamed up for Back2School!

CCC hosted a week-long Back2School shopping event on July 26-30, serving 600 school-aged children in foster care. Each child received a new outfit, backpack and school supplies.

Back2School volunteer Luke Werth lifts up a pre-k foster child to help her choose the perfect outfit.

Through the generosity of countless donors, the two organizations collected supplies and backpacks to equip 600 foster children for the new school year.

“Each child was paired with a personal shopper to choose the perfect outfit, backpack and school supplies to send them back to school with confidence,” said Lynne Roller, CCC Executive Director. “Backpacks, clothing and shoes can still be donated to Citizens Caring for Children in support of this event.”

Volunteers served as personal shoppers guiding foster children through the shopping experience as well as helping to restock shelves between appointments. One foster child enjoyed picking out her backpack with the help of her personal shopper and said, “I am going to show everyone at my school!”

Circle of Care CEO, Keith Howard, stated, “This event was a big help to foster parents but more importantly ensures the children can walk tall with their new backpacks, clothes and supplies.”

Currently, there are more than 7,300 children living in Oklahoma’s foster care system. Founded in 1984, Citizens Caring for Children provides new clothing, shoes, books, personal hygiene items, school supplies, and other necessities to Oklahoma foster children through programs and services including the Resource Center, Back2School and Joy4Kids. Circle of Care recruits, trains and supports foster parents statewide.

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