Childspree: Back-to-School Fun

August 2012

The Junior League of Houston, Inc. hosted a back-to-school shopping event benefiting children aided by Child Advocates, Inc. On Saturday, August 11, 2012, over 100 League members arrived at the Heights-area Target by 6 a.m. to participate. Each League member was paired with a child who had a wish list and a $100 Target gift card funded by the League. The pair then shopped for new clothes, shoes and accessories so the kids could go back to school with confidence and style.

Once the shopping was complete, the children were provided a backpack full of supplies, a new toy, as well as an extra treat put together by the League’s VIEW volunteers. It was then off to a breakfast party where they enjoyed tacos, orange juice and donuts. The participants enjoyed showing their new duds to their siblings and the League volunteers. Not only did this event give the kids an opportunity to start their first day of school with a new outfit and backpack, but it also provided them a sense of assurance and confidence knowing they have all the right tools for a successful school year.

Childspree directly benefits children who have been abused and disregarded by their parents, and have been removed from their homes due to severe circumstances. Child Advocates, Inc. is one of the League’s 37 community projects where League volunteers are regularly placed in either the Life Books or Special Projects placement.