Many of us are counting down the days until our kids go back to school. We have lists of required supplies, requests for new lunchboxes and drink bottles. We’re thinking that our kids must try on school uniforms to see if they still fit, and wondering when we’re going to find time to get new school shoes.

But for some, it’s not so easy.
For over 150 children who live in shelters around Sydney, things are much tougher. These children are victims of domestic violence. They are members of families who have fled their home in fear, usually with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Online group collection platform, Group Together, has joined forces with Kids Giving Back and Thread Together to help make the start to the school year easier for these kids. Together we are purchasing, packing and distributing backpacks full of school supplies to kids living in shelters run by Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul. We are hugely grateful to Marbig, as well as Big W, Smiggle and K-Mart for their generous donations of supplies.

While we already have a full house of kids who’ve raised their hands to assist with packing, there are other ways you can help by donating towards the collection here

Katie, a Project Officer at one of the recipient shelters writes: “This is so wonderful … we really can’t thank you enough for this amazing donations drive! These school packs will help the families staying at Vincentian House in a very practical way, ensuring that the children staying with us start off their school year with everything they need.”

Group Together is promoting the appeal, Kids Giving Back has organised kids to volunteer to pack and distribute the backpacks, and the packing will take place at the Thread Together warehouse on Wednesday, January 27. The donation appeal continues beyond the packing date to enable us to purchase additional backpacks and school supplies.

Pics below are just the tip of the iceberg of a half day of shopping for 150 backpacks and school supplies!

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