Second Responder® program hosts benefit for Hurricane Florence

The Kids In Need Foundation and Dollar General Literacy Foundation Provide School Supplies for Hurricane Florence Victims

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies to students most in need, will host a Second Responder® event and donate supplies to three South Carolina elementary schools deeply impacted by Hurricane Florence on Friday, October 26, 2018.

MINNEAPOLIS – October 23, 2018 –The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies to students most in need, announces today that KINF’s Second Responder® program will donate student and teacher supplies to three South Carolina elementary schools deeply impacted by Hurricane Florence. The donation event, benefitting more than 2,600 teachers and students, will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of Homewood Elementary School (108 North Clemson Circle Conway, S.C.  29526). Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a national sponsor of the Second Responder® program

KINF’s Second Responder® program is dedicated to providing school supplies to students and teachers following natural disasters. The program has provided relief efforts to many communities, including after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and last year after Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

“When a natural disaster strikes, everyday school essentials – such as backpacks, paper and markers – are damaged or lost and it can have a tremendous impact on a child,” said Renay Dossman, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “We are so grateful to Dollar General Literacy Foundation to be able to help supply teachers and students with the critical classroom supplies they need to help students regain a sense of normalcy.”

At the Homewood Elementary School donation event, 670 students will be provided free backpacks filled with core school supplies and Scholastic books. In addition, 50 teachers will be given tote bags filled with classroom items, Georgia-Pacific communication paper and Sparkle paper towels. Two other elementary schools in the area, Conway Elementary and Socastee Elementary, will also be supported.

“When a natural disaster strikes a school, teachers’ classroom supplies and students’ school supplies are often destroyed,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of Community Initiatives. “We are proud to partner with the Second Responder program to bring some normalcy back to the school day and help with the recovery process.”

“The flooding had a tremendous impact on our community, and it was the first time in our district’s history that our schools were closed for 15 consecutive days,” said Penny Foye, Homewood Elementary Principal. “While hundreds of families lost their homes, we did not lose our community spirit. This generous donation will lessen the burdens of many students who have experienced a loss.”

To learn more about KINF’s help with hurricane relief efforts, visit KINF’s Second Responder® relief page: https://www.kinf.org/relief/ 

About The Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed $1 Billion in school supplies since the Foundation’s inception; and benefitted 6.2 million students and more than 200,000 teachers in 2017. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

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