West U Eighth-Grader Collecting School Supplies For Kids In Need
From backpacks to pencils to spiral notebooks, West University Place eighth-grader Connor Albert is in need of school supplies.
The supplies, however, are not for himself, but for kids in need.
For the second year in a row, Albert is holding his “Kids Helping Kids” campaign to assist disadvantaged children through BEAR, which stands for Be A Resource for CPS Kids.
Right now, Albert is asking the community to donate school supplies for needy children for the new school year.
“With school about to begin, we have an urgent need for supplies for the children so that they may succeed in school,” said Mary Green, director of BEAR. “Currently, we are assisting 5,000 abused and neglected school-age children who desperately need everything from Elmer’s glue to loose-leaf paper to zipper cases. We rely on the public to help us with these donations and we want the children to have a sense of excitement about school.”
It is that call for help that inspired Albert to once again give to BEAR. Last September, he created the “Kids Helping Kids” campaign to assist the BEAR children after Hurricane Ike struck the Houston area.
An eighth-grade student at Presbyterian School, Albert said he is concerned for the children who do not have all the benefits of an education he has been given.
“I go to a great school and my family makes sure that I have all of my materials,” Albert said. “But the BEAR kids are not so lucky. I am asking the West U and surrounding communities to step in and help me give these little children a good school year.”
To that end, the Southwest Football League has also stepped up again to help the campaign.
“We are thrilled to support Connor’s ‘Kids Helping Kids’ program,” said Robby Winston, president of the Southwest Football League. “Our organization believes in leveling the playing field for all children, whether on the ball fields or in the classroom. We care about children and want the disadvantaged children that BEAR helps to be able to walk into school with their backpacks filled with all they need to be stars.”
Albert pointed out making donations is easy.
“All you have to do is buy some extras of whatever you are getting for yourself and then take them over to BEAR; the office is close-by,” he said. “If you are buying index cards or glue sticks or markers, please just pick up some more to donate to the boys and girls who really need the help right now.”
Green said all donations will immediately be given to the children before the first day of school.
“Our need right now is overwhelming and these donations will go a long, long way in making a difference in these children’s lives,” she said. “If not for these donated school supplies, the children would go without. Also, these donations give the children a sense of normalcy, so they can feel like every other kid and feel less different about themselves because they are involved with Children’s Protective Services.”
BEAR is a 501 (c) (3) public/private partnership that provides emergency goods and services directly to children under the care of Children’s Protective Services. Caseworkers will distribute the school supplies to the children.
Donations can be delivered directly to the BEAR office, located in the Galleria area at 2223 West Loop South.
For more information, call BEAR at 713-940-3087 or visit the organization’s website at www.bearesourcehouston.org