During the entire month of July, the 36th District Court Judges, Magistrates and staff donated just over 180 backpacks filled with the fundamental school supplies. The backpacks were donated to local outreach facilities who regularly provide shelter and assistance to mothers with school-aged children.
Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount stated, “This is the second year we dedicated the month of July to collecting backpacks for our $5 Friday Jean Days Program. This year we wanted the donations to go to local outreach facilities who provide much needed services to parents and children in Detroit.” She added, “We are very thankful to our team and to our vendors Arrow Office Supply and Image Office Supply for their generous donations.”
Kelli Moore Owen, Court Administrator commented, “We are always looking for ways to give back to the community in a positive manner. Since often times these types of facilities are overlooked when organizations host a backpack drive, we had our Probation Director, Wright Wade, who is also the Chairperson of our Public Service Committee, contact local facilities to first determine if there was a need. We received a resounding, yes, response.”
The backpacks were delivered by the Court to Positive Images, Naomi’s Nest, and the Salvation Army Harbor Light. The Court is hopeful that this small gesture will enable these children to start their school year out on the right foot and with the essentials they need to grow, learn and succeed.