Ray of Hope Children’s Crisis and Resource Center recently posted on social media concerns regarding the backpacks and school supplies drive.
The usual donations this year were not enough to support the growing number of children referred to the local non-profit group servicing the south San Joaquin County.
“We gave out quite a big (of school supplies) but we were lacking given the influx of kids,” said Ray of Hope executive director Laura Vieira-Saunders.
On Monday, the Manteca Police Department K-9 Unit came to the rescue, donating $500 worth of school supplies to the cause.
“This helped us out so much,” said a relieved and thankful Vieira-Saunders, who was also thrilled to have students at the Ray of Hope facility during the visit from the K-9 Unit.
Her other concern was the hot weather.
“The heat is dangerous for kids,” said Vieira-Saunders, who is in need of bottled water, juice and even sunblock for the Kids Cupboard program. “Water is like gold to us during these hot months.”
Donations for these items and more (food and diapers) will be accepted at the Ray of Hope Children’s Crisis and Resource Center, Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Pro Touch Auto, or the 209 Face-painting booth at the downtown farmers’ market.
For more information, log on to Facebook and Instagram or email KIDSCUPBOARD@Rayofhopekids.com or call 209.883.6411