Operation Care or OP and Southwest Youth Services or SWYS have teamed up to host a “Back to School Bash” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 at the Altus Community Center at 401 Falcon Road. The mission is to lessen the financial burden on families at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
By attending the free event, families can receive free food, free school supplies, free haircuts, obtain health screenings, learn of local resources and information and register to win giveaways.
Both nonprofit organizations witness families financially stressed the weeks prior to the first day of classes.
“Parents, single parents and grandparents struggle to purchase new clothing, shoes and a long list of school supplies, so our goal is to help with the struggle,” said Angela Ybarra, executive director of Operation Care. “Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive school supplies and also a free haircut and health screening.”
Monetary and in-kind donations are helping fund the first-ever event. Local financial institutions have become involved by challenging each other to gather the largest amount of school supplies. The winner will receive the glory and the winning title of “The Battle of the Banks,”
Members of OP and SWYS hope other businesses, nonprofits, churches, restaurants and individuals become involved by volunteering, donating supplies or with an in-kind or monetary donation.
Another convenient way to help is by leaving school supplies at a drop-off box location in Altus, such at the Altus Times office at 218 West Commerce Street.
To volunteer or for more information, call Ybarra at 580-318-2490 or Amanda Bernasconi with SWYS at 580-482-2809.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext 2077.