There is a great ad agency I've worked with in downtown Salt Lake that is spearheading this important campaign for homeless children in the city. Read the info below and help a child in need! What a great thing it would be to do with your own children as you get them ready for back-to-school! Below is the info about the program and a list of locations where you can pick an apple and help a homeless child.
Each summer The Road Home partners with Intrepid on our Apple Tree Campaign. Apple Tree helps kids staying at the shelter or in our housing programs get ready for the new school year by providing them new clothes, shoes, and school supplies.
The needs of a child are listed on apples which can be "picked" at participating Staples, DownEast, and Payless ShoeSource locations in Salt Lake. The clothing, shoes or school supplies purchased at the participating location should be left there at the time of purchase and will then be given to children at The Road Home on August 13. A full list of participating locations, including Intrepid, can be found here.
Getting ready for a new school year is an important for kids at The Road Home. The cost of new clothes, shoes or school items is often out of reach for parents who are working to move their families out of shelter and back into housing. Having the supplies they need to begin a new year makes a big difference for kids already making the difficult transitions that come with homelessness.
On August 13, just before the school starts again, clothing and school supplies will be given out to all our children. Children who might not have been at The Road Home when the campaign started will also receive school supplies and clothing. This way, we make sure every child has what they need to start school.
Over seven years, Apple Tree has helped equip more than 380 children with the tools they need to head back to school in the fall. Upwards of 13,500 articles of clothing and school supplies have been donated by our generous community, each one was then delivered to a child staying at our shelter or in our housing programs.