Tiny Hands Foundation Launches Back-to-School Backpack Brigade Aims to Provide 1500 Backpacks Filled With School Supplies to Area’s Less Fortunate Children

Sarasota, FL — March 06, 2014 — Tiny Hands Foundation, a non‐profit foundation benefiting underprivileged children and families in Sarasota & Manatee Counties, has announced it is launching a new initiative; the Back-to-School Backpack Brigade.

The Tiny Hands Foundation, founded by Sarasota businessman and philanthropist Rod Khleif in 2001, is best known for their Annual Holiday Basket Brigade. Each year during the holidays, the foundation, along with the assistance of hundreds of friends, donors, and community volunteers prepare and deliver thousands of holiday gift baskets filled with food and Christmas toys to area families in need. Since 2001, the foundation has delivered holiday gift baskets to over 20,000 underprivileged children and families throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

In August 2014, the Tiny Hands Foundation is attempting to put together and give away 1500 backpacks filled with school supplies to benefit unprivileged children. The backpacks will be presented to the children along with a card that says: “This is from someone who loves you.”

“One in five children in our community is growing up beneath the poverty level. Families shouldn’t have to struggle financially so that their children can be prepared to participate in their education. Children should not have to go without the supplies they need to succeed in school. Many of the families we’re helping are single parent families with multiple children: back-to-school expenses can be overwhelming for a family that is already struggling to make ends meet. If by providing a new backpack and school supplies, we can make a difference in one child’s life to help inspire a better future for him or her, it will make this worthwhile”, says Khleif.

To launch the Back-to-School Backpack Brigade, the Tiny Hands Foundation is seeking volunteers and donors. They are inviting corporations, organizations, groups, and individuals that are willing to work with them to launch the Back-to-School Backpack Brigade.

Those who are interested to help the Tiny Hands Foundation with the Back-to-School Backpack Brigade can contact: Ron Trytek by phone at 941-704-8379 or email: ron@tinyhandsfoundation.org. They can also visit http://tinyhandsfoundation.org/backpack-brigade/ for more information. $23 sponsors a local child. $475 sponsors a classroom. Every dime goes towards the children’s backpacks and school supplies. Your generosity will be deeply appreciated. Tiny Hands Foundation is a 501c3 charity and all donations are tax-deductible.

Ron Trytek
Tiny Hands Foundation
Direct Phone: 941-704-8379
E‐mail: ron@tinyhandsfoundation.org


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