Junior League of Houston Helps Hundreds of Children Prepare for Back to School

Child Advocates, Inc. Announces 10th Annual Cameron Childspree

August 2015

The Junior League of Houston, Inc., an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, recently participated in the 10th annual Cameron Childspree, benefiting Child Advocates, Inc. on Saturday, August 15, from 6-8 a.m., in conjunction with fellow sponsors Cameron, Atwood Oceanics, Spark Energy and Target.

“We’re proud of the longstanding relationship the Junior League of Houston has established with Child Advocates and the vital role it plays to help grow this remarkable event,” said President Mary Margaret “Mimi” Fraser Foerster. “For close to 28 years, League members have worked with Child Advocates in a multitude of capacities, including as Life Books volunteers and Special Projects volunteers.”

The Junior League of Houston sponsored and assisted in the Cameron Childspree, benefiting Child Advocates, Inc., by sending over 120 volunteers to assist 625 children ages four – 18 with back-to-school shopping. Junior League volunteers served as personal shoppers to help the children select back-to-school clothes, compliments of Target, and accompanied them to an in-store breakfast party. Children also received backpacks filled with school supplies and other necessities for the new school year. The participating children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, are now equipped to get the school year off to a great start.

The Cameron Childspree took place across nine Houston-area Target locations this year with Junior League volunteers represented at three of the locations: Atascocita Super Target, Pearland Super Target, and Houston Central. “Our children usually don’t have new items for the school year,” said Suzanne Ronne, Community Outreach Director for Child Advocates. “It is because of the generosity from our sponsors, like the Junior League of Houston, that we are able to help set them up for a successful start to the school year.”

This year, Junior League volunteers will continue to serve as champions of change in the community, contributing more than 65,000 hours of service through 38 community projects, including partnerships with Texas Children’s Hospital, Child Advocates, Inc., Bo’s Place, Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston Food Bank and Dress for Success Houston. The Junior League also offers one of the only free CPR certification courses in the city.