July 1, 2012

MODA Assists With Great Backpack Giveaway

Agape Community Center puts out the call to collect over 1,000 backpacks for students in need in Atlanta.

Agape Community Center has launched a campaign to collect and distribute 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all ages in economically challenged neighborhoods. Agape is calling on the community, through neighborhoods, corporations, book clubs, churches, sports teams and social groups, to donate 1,000 backpacks for the kids by July 25.

MODA Floors & Interiors, located at 1417 Chattahoochee Ave., will serve as one of the drop-off locations.

"This is a great way to get kids back to school on the right footing," said MODA President Dean Howell.

“On backpack distribution day the families begin lining up at 7:30 a.m. for a noon distribution,” said Agape Executive Director Nell Benn. “The length of the line and amount of time parents are willing to wait to receive a backpack for their kids is an unfortunate, but powerful testimonial to what many Atlanta families are experiencing financially.”

To access The Great Backpack Giveaway school supply shopping list, go to www.agapecc.org/uploads/New_2012_Agape_Great_Backpack_Giveaway.jpg. Monetary contributions to purchase packs and school supplies also are accepted online at www.agapecc.org.

Collection ends Wednesday, July 25. In addition to MODA Floors & Interiors, contribution drop-off locations include:
·         Agape Community Center, 2353 Bolton Road, Atlanta 30318
·         Craftsmen Printing, 1290 Collier Road N.W., Atlanta 30318
·         First Montessori School of Atlanta, 5750 Long Island Drive, Atlanta 30327
·         Kashi Atlanta, 1681 McLendon Ave., Atlanta 30307
·         St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne's Lane N.W., Atlanta 30305
·         Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Perry Homes Branch
o    2011 Bolton Road N.W., Suite 100, Atlanta 30318

Agape serves a community that includes more than 1,500 children who receive a free or reduced-price lunch in school in Northwest Atlanta.

Agape’s mission is to empower and support each family to discover and embrace their full potential. Agape accomplishes this by providing academic-based afterschool programming, day programming for seniors and disabled adults, family emergency assistance, ESOL in schools and athletic-based health and wellness enrichment camps for girls and boys during the summer.

Agape is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information, go to www.agapecc.org or call 404.367.3943.

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