Giveaways galore in Capac
Community shows appreciation for free goods, services
|Relatives Tyler, Jared, R.J., Hayley, Brooklyn and Dylan wasted little time picking out their favorite color backpack Friday at Capac Elementary School. photo by Maria Brown.|
August 29, 2007CAPAC — Families were lined up two hours before the 'Back to School' backpack giveaway opened at 10 a.m. on Friday at Capac Elementary.
But there were plenty to go around.
"We've had a good turnout," said Denise Showler, chairperson for the Capac/Yale Community Health Team of the Port Huron Hospital Foundation.
"The people are very appreciative."
The program was organized by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and sponsored by CSB Bank, the Four County Community Foundation and the Port Huron Hospital Foundation.
Cousins Dylan, Jared, R.J., Tyler, Brooklynn and aunt, Haley were thrilled with the offerings and the fact it signaled school was just around the corner. They attend Capac, Yale and Avoca schools.
"I'm just excited to get out of elementary school," R.J. said.
"It will be nice just to get out of the house," Haley added.
Dylan examined the contents of his bag—Crayons, books and more.
Families had the chance to take advantage of other services too. Residents of all ages, including senior citizens, lined up to take home items from the food bank and parents stopped to have their car seats inspected.
Members of the Safe Kids Chapter performed safety checks.
Amy Smith, community planning officer with Community Mental Health, said they seek to ensure the seats are the proper size and installed correctly.
Thanks to generous donations from the public and the Port Huron Hospital Foundation, parents without the proper seats are sent home with brand new ones.
Showler said the health team was grateful to student volunteers from the National Honor Society, Four County Community Foundation and Capac State Bank employees for their help and to Medilodge of Yale for donating snacks and juice boxes.
Only a handful of the 550 backpacks remained. Showler said they will be left with the elementary school to distribute to additional children, Showler said.
In addition to Capac, the foundation organized similar events in Port Huron, Algonac and East China too.
"It was very successful," Susan Ellerkamp of the foundation said.
"We had good turnout,—higher than normal crowds."