SOURCE: St. Anthony Foundation

August 13, 2014 09:00 ET

St. Anthony's Organizes Biggest Back-to-School Giveaway in 6 Decades: Mid-market Companies Step Up in a Big Way for Kids in the Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - August 13, 2014) -

What: 230 kids in the Tenderloin from age 5 - 17 will receive brand new backpacks, shoes, school supplies, and clothes as they get ready to head back to school.
When: Friday, August 15th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: 1185 Mission Street (@ 8th Street)

In response to a spike in demand for back-to-school clothes and supplies, St. Anthony's Free Clothing Program is teaming up with a powerhouse group of mid-market tech companies and nonprofits to organize the largest back-to-school drive for low-income families in the organization's 64-year history. Over 230 children have signed up for this event. Twitter, Zendesk, Dolby, One Kings Lane, Intuit Demand Force, TJ Maxx, and Old Navy are among the companies who have either made large donations or adopted entire grades. In addition, nonprofit partners Family Giving Tree and My New Red Shoes provided all of the backpacks, shoes, and Old Navy gift cards for families who may need additional clothes.

Executive Director Barry Stenger remarked, "In a time when tensions are running high in San Francisco between the haves and have-nots, we are fortunate to see the overwhelming generosity of people who are eager to make a difference for the poorest families in our community. St. Anthony's is in a unique position to connect low-income children in San Francisco with a groundswell of support from donors around the Bay Area. In times like these, we see again and again that as a city, we are committed to taking care of each other. We extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the mid-market tech companies and our nonprofit partners for making this event possible."

This year, students will receive brand new shoes to go along with their backpacks and clothes. My New Red Shoes, whose mission is to give the gift of confidence by providing shoes and clothing to homeless and very low-income children, has stepped up to deliver size appropriate shoes for all 230 children. Interim Executive Director Janet Cohen remarked, "We know how important it is for children to look forward to starting the school year feeling confident and optimistic. We are thrilled to work with St. Anthony's to make sure children in the Tenderloin get the boost of confidence they deserve with a brand new pair of shoes and the opportunity to shop and choose new clothes for that first day of school."

St. Anthony's Free Clothing Program, the largest in San Francisco, serves 8,550 men and women including 450 families annually. For more information on St. Anthony Foundation, visit www.stanthonysf.org or LIKE St. Anthony Foundation on Facebook.

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