The new school year is arriving but learning is a big hurdle for children who are hungry and have no place to live. The Open Door Mission is trying to help make a difference and is asking for help.
Paulina and Danielle are just two of more than 200 children who attend the Open Door Mission Bible Day Camp at 33rd and Bedford. They might need some help to get started but both are excited about starting the second grade.
Paulina says, "I think it's fun and I, you get to learn new things there."
Danielle echoes the notion that school is fun and tells us, "I like school because I like to read."
Girls Scouts are pitching in, volunteering to stuff book bags with school supplies at the mission. The supplies will help kids like Paulina and Danielle to get a good start on the school year.
Scout Kaylee Faltys says, "I think it's important because homeless people maybe don't have the money to buy all the stuff and the supplies they have to have for school."
The Open Door Mission's Candace Gregory says, "It's not uncommon for children that are homeless or near homeless to go back to school without the new shoes or new clothes but to take away the fact that they don't have the right tools to go to class, it's just another barrier for them."
All of the school supplies collected will be given to homeless or near homeless children at the Back-To-School bash on Saturday August 21st at the Open Door Mission. They still needs book bags, spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders and glue.
All of the Hy-Wee stores in the metro are working with the mission, collecting school supplies for the homeless or near homeless. You can help by donating pens, pencils, backpacks, paper and other supplies. Just drop them in the barrel at your local Hy-Vee.
You can also drop off your donations at the Open Door Mission administration offices on North 23rd Street.