As the beginning of the new school year approached, most parents were busy getting their kids ready, buying new clothes, backpacks, and all of the needed items on the long list of school supplies. Other parents, however, were worrying about how they were going to afford to do the same for their children.
Fortunately, Huguley’s Volunteers were able to lend a hand. Prompted by Volunteer Joe Arcos, the Huguley Volunteers donated five large boxes full of school supplies and backpacks, in addition to over $100 cash, to the Burleson Charity “Heart for the Kids.”
“Heart for the Kids” is a non-profit organization that was started around five years ago. Directed by Peggy Gibson, the organization holds a year-round, back-to-school program that assists the children of less fortunate families in the Burleson Independent School District.
Each child is supplied with the necessary school supplies, backpack, and a back-to-school outfit complete with shoes. Even at Christmas time, “Heart for the Kids” tries to give each child seven to eight presents, including another set of clothes, this time with a winter coat.
“We’re for the kids,” says Libby Swan, a volunteer for both Huguley Hospital and the “Heart for the Kids” organization. “If items that we need don’t get donated, we always try to purchase them for the children.”
The Huguley Volunteers are enthusiastic about helping and have supported “Heart for the Kids” in the past by collecting coats and holding food drives. “The volunteers already have big hearts and they continue to grow as they not only help the hospital, but also the community that surrounds it,” commented Caryl Bean, Huguley Volunteer Coordinator. As the school year gets started, the volunteers are happy to have made a difference and look forward to helping again in the future.