The United Way of Tri-County was thrilled to provide new backpacks full of “Tools for School” this year to over 1,000 children from low-income families across MetroWest.
Every donation made a difference and we’re grateful to everyone who collected supplies or helped fill and sort bags. Thanks to all those who signed up to sponsor a child and went shopping—we loved seeing the personalization and care you put into choosing a bag the child would like, equipped with everything from erasers to pencil cases and paper. With the help of a force of volunteers—thanks to each and every one of you!—we’re proud to have met every family’s needs again this year. Barbara LaGrenade, Director of our Marlborough Community Cupboard, managed all the logistics and ensured no child was forgotten. We distributed the backpacks through 16 different agencies, including the Milford Youth Center, Daily Bread Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Framingham Housing Authority, Greater Framingham Community Church and many more. Thanks to everyone involved, children from economically disadvantaged families are on equal footing in the classroom this school year with the tools they need to learn and succeed.