School Supplies Drive
Drive extended through September
Our Primary Care Clinic at Children's Hospital is a federally qualified health center in Oakland. About 95% of the kids we see are underinsured and have MediCal and qualify for free lunch within their schools. Most of the kids also live in neighborhoods impacted by poverty, gun violence, substandard housing, food deserts, and other conditions that affect their health and well-being. They are from many different races and cultures, and many are newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
During the pandemic, the needs of the children of our clinic and their families have increased significantly. To address one of these needs, and to show support and care for these kids during this incredibly difficult time, we are organizing the collection of care packages for kids at our clinic. My niece who is a pre-med student in college, in consultation with my sister who is an elementary school teacher, have compiled lists of materials based on age group. The first collection will be for pre-K through 3rd grade kids who have been especially challenged with remote learning given their young age.