Second Responder® program hosts benefit for Hurricane Florence

Kids In Need Foundation’s Second Responder Program Provides School Supplies for Hurricane Florence Victims in North Carolina

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) partnered with Georgia-Pacific to host a Second Responder® event, donating supplies to North Carolina students and teachers impacted by Hurricane Florence on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

MINNEAPOLIS – November 29, 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 school supplies to a North Carolina elementary school impacted by Hurricane Florence. The donation event, benefitting 300 students and 60 teachers, will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. at RB Dean Elementary (202 Hooper St., Maxton, N.C. 28364).

The event, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, will feature a giveaway presentation. Students will receive backpacks filled with much needed school supplies, such as notebooks, paper, pens, and more. Georgia-Pacific is donating approximately 1500 reams of paper to the school. Teachers will receive tote bags filled with classroom supplies, an assortment of Georgia-Pacific paper products and Scholastic books.

“It can take many months – even years – for a community to fully recover from a natural disaster and this can have a tremendous impact on kids,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “We are so grateful to work with wonderful partners to be able to continue to support students and get them the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom.”

KINF’s Second Responder® program is dedicated to providing school supplies to students and teachers following natural disasters. The 2018 National Sponsor of the KINF Second Responder® program is the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The program operates during the recovery period following the devastation and works with local authorities, schools, and select sponsors to help kids return to normal routines. It has provided relief efforts to many communities, including after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and last year after Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

“Supporting education is a strong focus for Georgia-Pacific,” said Callie Kaszycki, Marketing Manager of Georgia-Pacific’s Communication Papers division.  “We know that paper is one of the most requested school supplies by teachers and we want to help fulfill this need, especially when disaster strikes. Since 2015, we are proud to partner with The Kids In Need Foundation to positively impact thousands of underprivileged children and help rebuild those classrooms affected by natural disasters.”

To learn more about KINF’s help with hurricane relief efforts, visit KINF’s Second Responder® relief page:


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, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

About Georgia-Pacific

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals.  Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®, as well as Dixie®. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit:

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