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The Care Project joins Community Youth Day

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

The fourth annual The Care Project to provide back-to-school supplies to children heading back to the classrooms in August is moving the distribution up to be part of another popular community event.

The Care Project will join the Fayette County Public Library’s Community Youth Day Thursday, said Vonda Bishop, Vonda Bishop Ministries, one of the project’s supporters.

The Care Project includes many community groups that had previously given out backpacks and school supplies as individual organizations. The groups joined together to raise funds, buy supplies and fill the backpacks with supplies. In addition, hair cuts, games, health screenings and food were available at the John Miller Community Center.

The Care Project volunteers will be located in a tent at the east side of the Miller Center, so parents and children can leave the gymnasium and enter the tent, Bishop said. Gillman’s Do-It-Best Center will be putting up the tent.

There will be 540 free backpacks to pass out, each filled with paper, folders, glue sticks, tissues, pencils and other items required by schools, she said.

“We decided to join them because they have all that (activities) and that is such a huge day because they have more than a thousand people show up,” Bishop said. Duke Energy employees are being asked to help as in the past, she said.

The Care Project distributed 765 backpacks in 2016. In 2018, the organizers changed the date to the Monday of the Fayette County Free Fair but the number of backpacks distributed dropped to 486.

“We’ll be there from 10 a.m. until we run out of backpacks,” Bishop said. 

For assistance after school starts, school officials may contact Bishop at 765-265-7707 or Michelle Fox at Foxycuts, 765-825-2294, if students come to school without supplies because they cannot afford them.