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Feedback from the 2010 Fill-A-Backpack Program

A Precious Child surveyed the schools and organizations that participated in our 2010 Fill-A-Backpack program. Below are a few comments on how A Precious Child’s backpacks and school supplies impacted the children who received them.

  • Many of our children talk often about how much they love their back packs and for some, this is their first new backpack. They use the materials often to complete program activities.
  • We had a huge resource and school supply give away. It was a big success. A lot of our students are very needy. It was great to see them so happy walking away with their new back packs.
  • We had a new Asian family come in to register with several elementary aged students and one middle school child. They spoke of not being able to afford supplies on the list and wondering if they could just bring pencils and paper. We had just received all of the beautiful backpacks earlier that day (maybe a sign??) so we took them across the hall and opened the door. It is hard to express the looks of joy on their faces when we told them they could pick out a backpack for each of them, including the middle school daughter, to take with them. Because of A Precious Child, we were able to provide supplies and a backpack for several children from the same family and make their day (and year!). Thank you!
  • It took one family three weeks to move from Louisiana to Colorado, arriving after the school year had started. They had many pressing financial needs and were extremely grateful for the backpack from A Precious Child.
  • A Precious Child made many students very happy! They loved their new backpack and supplies!
  • Students stood tall with shoulders back and very proud of their backpacks.
  • Almost all of our children come into our program with the clothes on their backs and nothing else from their homes. Your backpack is almost always the first back pack of their own that they were able to keep and take with them. Most poverty stricken children are not able to start school with the tools they need and experience shame and embarrassment. Your program starts the first day of the year off with pride and excitement for them.
  • Child was very happy!
  • Students in need were so excited to receive the backpack and supplies!! It lessened anxiety and made them excited about starting school.

 A Precious Child is grateful to the community for making our Fill-A-Backpack program possible!!!

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He will go on the next field trip!

 

Tiffany and her husband had always been able to provide for their growing family of four. However, when her husband broke his ankle last Christmas, he was quickly put out of a job and left them scraping by on everyday expenses. Tiffany’s breaking point was when her younger son was unable to go on his end of the school year field trip because Tiffany couldn’t afford the $25 fee. After breaking down in front of her son’s principal, she was turned to A Precious Child.  Having never received help before, it was difficult to initially convince her husband to go to A Precious Child. However, once she came in, all of her anxiety washed away. She felt comfortable to shop for herself, her husband, and her children. Not having to spend money on clothing, Tiffany will now be able to put money towards future field trips.

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Things aren’t so scary anymore!

 

Moving to the United States from her native Russia almost nine years ago (July 4th will be her nine year anniversary), Olga was excited for the exciting opportunities for herself and her family of 7. However, times have been hard for Olga’s family; her husband has been unable to hold a steady job while she has been a house cleaner. With four teenage boys, Olga was brought to tears when she saw our Give Sports section. She thoughtfully picked out four brand new baseball mitts along with brand new baseballs and told us that she had been upset because she was scared she was not going to have anything to give her children for their upcoming birthdays. She smiled as she told us that she wasn’t scared anymore.

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Now they can join the baseball team!

Maria Casteneda’s kids, Hugo, Jeniffer, and Prisila, are three very active kids.  
They all cherish the time they get to spend playing all sorts of  
sports in the park with their father Hugo. However, this time is  
limited; for their dad is a construction worker with very little time  
to spare. Maria’s kids were hoping to join their neighborhood baseball  
team but hadn’t come up with the courage to ask their parents for the  
equipment. So when they found out we now have sporting equipment to  
give out they were more than exited!

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Homerun for Jeffrey

Being the oldest of six children and having two parents that are
unemployed, Jeffrey was accustomed to sacrificing some of the things he
enjoyed for the betterment of his family.
When Jeffrey expressed to his dad that he wanted to be a catcher on the
local baseball team this year, his dad was concerned that they would be
unable to afford the expensive catching gear and registration fees.
Jeffrey’s dad soon realized that he was able to sign up as a coach to have
the registration fees waived. However, this now meant that not only would
they have to buy Jeffrey gear; they now needed coaching supplies as well.
When Jeffrey’s dad and younger siblings came into A Precious Child they
were overcome with joy when they found our Give Sports section. Not only
were they able to get catching gear for Jeffrey, they also found “coaching
kits” that were donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods, complete with balls,
bags, and line-up sheets,  for his dad.  As they were picking out
catcher’s helmets, a very excited Jeffrey exclaimed, “I don’t have to
borrow my team’s equipment anymore, I can actually bring my own!”  The
pride and confidence Jeffrey exuded from being able to bring his own
equipment to his games was shown by the large smile on his face.

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Kaylee’s Heart…Stories of our Clients

It was only after we finished shopping for her three small children that
Michelle told me about her 4 year-old daughter’s heart condition. Last
year, they discovered that Kaylee, her young daughter, would have to
undergo a heart transplant. Having lost her job, all of the medical bills
forced the family to become homeless. Now homeless, the doctors are
telling Michelle that they are unable to put Kaylee on the transplant list
until she finds a stable home. While shopping, Michelle focused on
work-related clothing for herself, determined to get a job and provide
that stable home for her family so that Kaylee can receive a new heart and
have a normal childhood.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, children in poverty are 3.6 times more likely than nonpoor children to have poor health. When you support A Precious Child you help low-income children and families cope with the chronic stress associated with stuggling to meet daily subsistence needs. A Precious Child acts as an ongoing support network which helps mitigate the effects of stress by providing life’s most basic essentials such as clothing, shoes, coats, diapers and school supplies, free of charge to children and families in need.

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A Precious Child is here to help!

A Precious Child in a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization located in Broomfield, Colorado with a mission to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children by improving their quality of life.

Our purpose is to help children and families struggling to make ends meet improve their circumstances, renew their hope and enhance their futures by providing access to life’s most basic necessities.

Our goals are to support disadvantaged and displaced children and families by utilizing the resources of the community in the form of in-kind donations and partnerships to provide clothing, shoes, coats, diapers, baby essentials, school supplies, sports equipment, and even Christmas gifts to those who struggle. In doing so, A Precious Child’s clients experience new opportunities, enhanced self-esteem, educational support, and the chance at a better life. Our programs are designed around key components necessary to build a foundation for a child’s well-being, namely 1) basic needs, 2) education, 3) extracurricular activities, and 4) community. We link activities together to form a comprehensive set of services and strategies that help families beat the odds and improve their circumstances for the future. We consider the whole person and how our assistance will affect recipients in their daily lives, not just for the moment.

A Precious Child is always in need of new and gently used adult, child and baby clothing, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, and sports equipment. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 9M-3pm at A Precious Child located at 557 Burbank Street, Unit E. Broomfield, CO 80020. Call us at 303-466-4272 or email contactus@apreciouschild.org and visit our website at www.apreciouschild.org.

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