Many of the families we serve at OneWorld do not have enough money to purchase basic school supplies like backpacks, notebooks and pencils for their children, and many face barriers to accessing other community resources. In lieu of a Back-to-School Bash this year, OneWorld hosted a school supplies drive as a way to help our young patients access the materials they need to achieve academic success.
In late July and early August, OneWorld staff members, supporters and community members donated new backpacks, writing utensils, art supplies, notebooks, monetary gifts and more. On the last weekday of National Health Center Week 2019 (August 9), volunteers from SEi Security visited our Livestock Exchange Building campus to help us fill backpacks with school supplies. These backpacks were distributed to our patients during their scheduled back-to-school appointments as needed and while supplies lasted.
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to provide 138 children with backpacks full of school supplies before the new school year.
A pediatrician noted that one young patient was especially glad to receive a backpack. She and her father had recently arrived from a Central American country, leaving her mother and sister behind for the time being. She was getting ready to start a new school year in a new country, and she needed several vaccines in order to meet district requirements, so she and her father came to OneWorld. Our staff gave the girl one of the backpacks from the school supplies drive, and she hugged it for comfort while received her vaccinations. She told the pediatrician, “I’m going to be OK because I am going to school and I have my backpack.”
Thank you to everyone who individually donated items or monetary gifts to support our drive. We also want to thank the following organizations for their contributions: Boys Town National Research Hospital, Buildertrend, Nebraska Total Care, UnitedHealthcare, WellCare Health Plans and United Way of the Midlands.