Each year, the business community hosts backpack drives to provide school-age foster children and youth with necessary school supplies.
“Starting the school year with a new backpack is a rite of passage for many kids,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “For kids in foster care, new backpacks represent a way to fit in with classmates.”
This summer, Walden received backpacks from San Diego-based Global Algae Innovations, Inc., which uses algae to produce food, energy, and economic security.
In Los Angeles County, Chin Chin West Hollywood organized a bus trip, lunch at the restaurant and a visit from Los Angeles County Fire Station #7 as part of their annual backpack drive benefiting children and youth in Walden’s Encino foster care and transitional housing programs.
“We are grateful to our business and community partners who provide foster children and youth the tools they need to succeed at school,” said Stivers. “Both the in-kind donations and financial contributions we receive throughout the school year provide essential developmental and bonding experiences for the children and youth in our care.”