My Sisters’ Place Backpack Drive Prepares Kids for the Classroom

(MSP backpack drive helped prepare children for the new school year.)

(MSP backpack drive helped prepare children for the new school year.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

White Plains, NY (September 9, 2015) – Nearly 200 children of families receiving direct services from My Sisters’ Place (MSP) are now owners of brand new backpacks filled with school supplies for the 2015-2016 academic school year. This annual backpack drive provides parents with added support to ensure that their children are equipped with the basic necessities for success in the classroom.

“Wow, another amazing back to school backpack drive!” said MSP Volunteer Coordinator Silvia Lederman. “Thank you so much to our generous donors, volunteers and staff who worked together to ensure that the children served by MSP will go back to school with all the supplies they need to make a great start.”

The MSP backpack drive brings joy and hope to children dealing with the emotional effects of witnessing or experiencing domestic violence or human trafficking. Some children also have to cope with the unfamiliarity of living in one of MSP’s emergency shelters and possibly relocating to a new community school. The success of MSP’s backpack drive was made possible with the help of The Children’s Hope Chest, The Links, Inc., UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps, the Xi Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and countless volunteers and generous individual donors. Throughout the summer, these partners supported MSP by purchasing, gathering and delivering age-appropriate backpacks and school supplies to MSP’s White Plains office. Dedicated MSP volunteers helped to organize the donations, sort supplies and stuff, tag and assign backpacks to the expecting families in order to ensure children attending grades K-12 were ready to head back to school.

MSP is a nonprofit agency in Westchester County providing holistic, free supportive services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and their children. MSP strives to engage each member of society in their work so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness. MSP offers comprehensive children’s services, including individual and group counseling, therapeutic childcare and a therapeutic arts program. In addition, MSP works collaboratively with Westchester schools and throughout the community to educate youth through its Domestic Violence Education and Prevention (DVEP) Program and Project Team On. DVEP uses educational and youth engagement approaches for middle and high school students to promote healthy relationships and raise awareness about the realities of teen dating violence. Project Team On! brings MSP’s prevention education experts into high school athletic departments to educate and empower male student athletes and coaches.

To learn more about MSP’s in-kind program, drop-off locations and other ways to donate, go to http://mspny.org/get-involved/in-kind-donations.

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About My Sisters’ Place
Since 1976, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to change the way our community thinks about violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking. Holistic services include:  a 24/7 crisis hotline, two emergency residential shelters, one-on-one and group counseling for adults and children, a Center for Legal Services, professional outreach and a vibrant tween/teen education and prevention program. MSP strives to engage each member of society in their work so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness.

Media contact:
Sherice Brammer
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