Nonprofit hosts 7th annual school supply event in Stamford

The nonprofit Back to School Shop hosted its annual event where kids in Stamford were able to get supplies to start the school year off on the right foot.

News 12 Staff

Jul 25, 2021, 5:52 PM

Updated 1,029 days ago

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The nonprofit Back to School Shop hosted its annual event where kids in Stamford were able to get supplies to start the school year off on the right foot.
More than 400 children received a backpack full of supplies Sunday. They also received clothing, handmade scarves and even a book.
Meryl Japha co-founded the nonprofit with Jane Levene when they saw a need in their community.
The founders say over 50% of Stamford students are considered economically disadvantaged.
They say many children head back to school without proper school supplies and basic clothing to wear.
Since the nonprofit was founded in 2015, it has served more than 1,500 children.
Typically, the nonprofit has a pop-up shop where elementary-aged children can come shopping for the day.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they had to improvise, but still made it work.
This year, they included an $100 gift card to each parent so they can complete their shopping.
They say the need was even greater due to the pandemic.  
"I hope they walk out feeling an excitement with the stuff they are receiving, and hopefully some relief, that some of the burden has been lifted, and that they're kids will be happy, " says  co-founder of Back to School Shop Meryl Japha.
It costs $70,000 to $80,000 to hold this event annually.
The nonprofit has already started fundraising and shopping for next year.


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