Hosea Helps works to ensure that students have the supplies they need.
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Hosea Helps to give away thousands of supplies at back-to-school event

As the first day of school rapidly approaches, an organization will work to ensure that students have the supplies they need.

Hosea Helps, formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, will host its 12th annual Back-To-School Jamboree, an event designed to provide low income families with necessary items. The nonprofit will give backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 3,000 children.

Children can also receive clothing and fresh produce, and more than 200 pairs of tennis shoes and 100 electric toothbrushes will be given away. Available services include health screenings and on-site registration for children attending Atlanta Public Schools. 

The free event is open to all families. Children must be present to receive supplies, and parents must bring identification for each child.

The event will take place at the Turner Field orange and gold lots, located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elisabeth Omilami, president and CEO of Hosea Helps, said the group has noticed that home displacement has become a major issue for some families as the cost of living is increasing.

“We refuse to let this affect innocent children,” Omilami said in a statement. “By providing onsite registration to Atlanta Public Schools we will continue our efforts to encourage the learning process and better our communities.”

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Hosea Helps seeks donations of schools supplies, such as: 

  • book bags
  • glue sticks
  • rulers
  • calculators
  • scissors
  • packages of wide ruled notebook paper
  • packages of graph paper
  • spiral notebooks
  • two-ringed binders
  • pocket folders
  • pencils
  • ink pens
  • notebooks
  • highlighters
  • packages of constructions paper
  • colored pencils
  • dictionaries
  • pencil boxes
  • crayon
  • large boxes of facial tissue
  • pencil sharpeners
  • eight-ounce bottles of glue
  • pencil cap erasers
  • scientific calculators

Donations can be made at 1035 Donnelly Ave. SW. 

Those who wish to contribute money or supplies can contact Miriam Ledesma at 770-900-1052 or at Mledesma@hoseafeedthehungry.com. For more details or to get involved, call Hosea Helps at 404-755-3353. 

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