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Family Service seeking sponsors for children this back to school season

The back to school season is a difficult time of year for some families – lists of supplies can be long and costly.

Families spend an average of $510 per household on back to school clothing, supplies and technology items, according to a 2018 survey by Deloitte.

You can help by sponsoring a child or by donating new clothes, backpacks and other supplies.

If you become a sponsor, Family Service Association of Bucks County will provide you with the grade level, age and clothing sizes of a specific child so you can fill a backpack with supplies, a lunch box and a new outfit.

This is a great option if you’re already planning to shop for your child or grandchild, and Family Service is happy to honor age or grade level requests depending on availability.

Groups or companies are welcome to sponsor multiple children.

Last year, thanks to generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations, we were able to provide 322 children with new backpacks filled with supplies, many including back to school outfits, as well.

All donated items go to Family Service clients, or children of clients between the ages of four- and 18-years-old, with demonstrated need.

To become a sponsor or to donate, contact Susan Fischer-Flagg at 215.757.6916, ext. 218 or backtoschool@fsabc.org.

Family Service Association of Bucks County is a nonprofit social service organization with locations throughout Bucks County.

Family Service’s mission is to listen, care and help. Every day.

For 65 years, Family Service has been improving the lives of individuals, children and families, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

Visit www.fsabc.org to donate, volunteer or learn more about how Family Service helped more than 30,000 children, teens and adults last year.

PHOTO CAP: Members of the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees drop off 83 backpacks filled with clothing, shoes and supplies for Family Service’s 2018 Back to School Drive. The group has been sponsoring children each back to school season since 2005.