Project Outreach had a wonderful Back to School Bash!

Posted by Nicole Flothe on Friday, August 15, 2014 Under: Project Outreach News

The Project Outreach Back-to-School bash was a huge success!  Thank you to all the volunteers and vendors/businesses that made our day filled with blessings to the families in need.  We were featured online at naplesnews.com and Naples Noteworthy. 



Re-Posted from: Naples Noteworthy , 
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This girl checks out her new backpack of supplies.

The happy boy in our feature photo has just been given a bike–one of the unexpected perks for ten lucky children who attended the Back to School Bash sponsored by Project Outreach and Life Christian Church on the afternoon of August 10.

The Bash definitely accomplished what it set out to do–help struggling families deal with the ever rising costs of sending their children “back to school.” But what started out as a simple vision for backpacks filled with supplies grew into a first time community event that, everyone agreed, was a smashing success.

Nearly 300 children received backpacks filled with school supplies, and all the children who wanted new haircuts walked away with “brand new looks.”

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Volunteers dancing at the Bash.

Not only that, but the Bash, held at the Project Outreach Warehouse, was a sort of mini-festival for the afternoon. Two colorful bounce houses, courtesy of Neydy’s Party Rentals, offered ongoing entertainment for children who jumped continuously despite the blistering heat. There was dance music, and people weren’t afraid to dance a little bit every now and then, apparently oblivious to the relentless August sun.

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3 of the nearly 100 event volunteers.

There were even free hot dog lunches, donated to the event by the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Bikes for Tykes donated ten bicycles to the event, which were given away in raffles throughout the day. The organization’s mobile repair truck was at the site to fix up old bikes for free. Bikes for Tykes President Steve Sherman was also the event’s disc jockey (and, if you want to know, the one who cooked the dogs).

Home Depot provided crafts for kids to work on as well as complementary work aprons. The crafts were a big hit with the children, as were the free aprons.

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Free new haircuts provided to all children who wanted them.

Project Outreach and Life Christian Church had around 100 volunteers for the event, including many hair stylists who provided kids who wanted them with complementary haircuts–just in time for starting back to school. First impressions are important, even–and perhaps especially–in the social world of children at school.

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Crafts provided by Home Depot were a hit with the kids.

At the end of the day, this is what Director Julie Thomas had to say to the volunteers, which had been organized primarily through the Facebook Project Outreach group, I am completely OVERWHELMED with the events of this day. So many people to thank. I won’t even try. There were miracles happening all over the place. The love, kindness and compassion of all our volunteers blew me away! Everyone went above and beyond, with unbelievable attitudes to make our kids look great and feel great. People helping People. The hair stylists were even giving haircuts to some of the volunteers. I lost count how many people came up and thanked me for the backpacks, school supplies and haircuts and others thanked me for allowing them to take part in volunteering for this event. It was so HOT out and no one complained. What a cool circle of love. This is how Project Outreach rolls. You ALL are Remarkable Human Beings. I’m thinking God was pretty proud of our Peeps today!”

Interested in joining the Project Outreach network on Facebook? Visit www.facebook.com/group/projectoutreachnaples

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