The Tools for School program, administered by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, served 1,194 children this year due to donations and support from the community. The number is an increase over the 2010 program, which served 902 children.
This year the Chesterfield Youth Services Citizen Board coordinated with the Chesterfield County Public Library to serve as collection sites for donations. Youth volunteers also received donations at a local Wal-Mart during the tax-free weekend. As a result, monetary donations nearly doubled.
“We are fortunate to have tremendous support from the residents of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights,” said Kathy Perun, volunteer coordinator for Social Services. “With this caring outreach, we can provide the best services possible to families in need. We could not have helped as many children without the communities’ dedication to the Tools for School program.”
Perun noted that Chesterfield County employees from 32 departments made donations. The top three private-sector sponsors were CJW Medical Center, Chesdin Landing Women’s Club, and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Perun was especially moved by the generosity of a Chesterfield County resident who is a soldier serving in Iraq – who anonymously mailed school supplies to the program.
Tools for School relies on donations of new book bags, new school supplies and gift cards to prepare children for the school year. Children who receive the items come from families that are served by Social Services.
For more information about Tools for School, call Perun at 751-4398.