Child Advocates, Inc. Annual Childspree
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, sponsored and participated in the Childspree benefiting Child Advocates, Inc. on Saturday, August 19.
Over 100 Junior League volunteers and employees from Hess Corporation, the League’s Community Sponsor, arrived before store opening hours to assist 100 children with back-to-school shopping at Target. The participating children, who are in foster care, will be equipped with the gear necessary to get the school year off to a great start. Volunteers from the League and Hess served as personal shoppers to help the children select back-to-school clothes and accompanied them and their guardians to an in-store breakfast party. Children also received backpacks filled with school supplies and other necessities to help them transition into the new school year. At the event, one child enjoyed playing the Connect Four she received in her backpack with Junior League member Autumn Schoen, and said, “I was so excited to go shopping with Ms. Autumn. I love the pink, light-up shoes that I got.”
For almost 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 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. Several League members also volunteer as court appointed special advocates (CASA).
Source: August 19, 2017, JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON HELPS SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A SMILE Press Release