For many single moms getting the kids ready for school can be a painful process of determining what must be eliminated, in order to purchase school supplies. The average cost of school supplies for one child to return to school fully prepared averages $60, and of course we haven’t even touched new school clothes.
Consider the dilemma of a parent confronted by the list of supplies each child must bring to school. Even kindergarteners must bring crayons, pencils, glue, construction and copy paper, glue sticks, etc; by 5th grade, to that list is added composition notebooks, pocket folders, pens and more, while high school students’ lists are even more extensive. Unlike cloths and uniforms, most of these items won’t last through an entire school year and will need replacement once or several times.
Life’s challenges are many for children of single parents whose economic hardship has brought them to our program. The challenges of not being able to obtain school supplies should not be added to their shoulders.
Perhaps, as they read this article, several community members, businesses, and donors will consider contributing to AMHH “Going Back to School Prepared” project, so that every student of a single mom in need is prepared for the first day of school.
A (tax-deductible) gift of:
· $20 will supply basic school supplies
· $30 will purchase an appropriate backpack
· $40 will provide school supplies with the backpack
· $50 will provide a full set of basic school supplies
· $60 will provide a full set of basic school supplies with the backpack.
Gifts of any size will make a difference and are greatly appreciated. To make a donation, send a check payable to
A Mom’s Helping Hand of SWFL (AMHH)
P.O. Box 100021
Cape Coral, FL 33910
Gifts can also be made online, donate now.
For more information and to arrange for delivery of school supplies, call Kristen Schaufler, 239-895-5341.
Pink flamingos are popping up on front lawns all over Lee County, along with a sign that says “You’ve Been Flocked.”
The leader of the flock is carrying a bag containing a note that says “You have been FLOCKED” and explains the roost is a fundraising effort for AMHH.
We go out between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. every night and take them off one lawn and put them on another victims yard. We will be flocking neighborhoods in an effort to raise $1,500 for our Back to School Supply project.
Flocking orders have been coming in over the last two weeks. “Our first two “victims” were flocked by their brother, 120 flamingos in all between two houses, all in fun to help raise the funds needed… I have to admit, the flocking is a lot of fun.”
But don’t panic if you awaken with 12 to 60 pink flamingos grazing in your front yard – you have options.
The flamingos will only reside on your lawn for one day and will then be removed at no charge; however, the “victim” has the option to make a $10 donation for removal of the birds. They can even fill out the “Flock-A-Friend” form to determine the flock’s migration path.
Once flocked, a “victim” can purchase anti-flocking insurance for an extra $10, which guarantees that no more flocks will roost in their yard as they migrate around the county! Have a flamingo phobia? Don’t fear! The purchase of anti-flocking insurance spares your home or business.
You can learn more about A Mom’s Helping Hand of SWFL and the Flock-A-Friend fundraiser by visiting http://www.amomshelpinghandofswfl.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html or call Kristen at