Junior League Houston heroes help local kids get back to school

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What: Childspree, an annual event benefiting Child Advocates, Inc.

Where: Target Central

The scoop: Just in time for the back-to-school season, the more than 100 Junior League Houston volunteers assisted more than 100 children with much-needed school shopping.

Volunteers from the League served as personal shoppers to help the children — many of whom are in foster care — select back-to-school clothing and accompanied them and their guardians to an in-store breakfast party.

Children also received backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies and other necessities to help them transition seamlessly into the new school year and set them up for success.

This was the first time that many of the children had ever shopped for new school clothes, and the excitement was palpable as the kids selected pieces that will give them a sense of confidence, belonging, and pride on their first day of school.

For more than 30 years, League members have worked with Child Advocates, Inc., in a multitude of capacities, including volunteering for special projects and events, and creating Life Books. The goal for the joint program is for “every child in foster care to have a scrapbook of their life, not only to be used as a therapeutic tool but often as the only mementos these children have of their biological families,” according to the Junior League.

Who: Big-hearted Junior League volunteers and a host of energetic school kids.

Source: August 27, 2019, Culture Map Houston, Steven Devadanam