Do you know how many children in your city live in poverty? Here in the USA, there are more than 16.4 million children living below the poverty line. That’s one out of five American children. But in the Parramore area of Orlando, nearly three out of four children live in poverty. Both numbers are unacceptable.
When I think of these children, I think of how important it is not just to be a leader in our industry but also a leader in our community.
For the second year in a row, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with different Orlando-based organizations to give backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children. This year, Dixon Ticonderoga Company partnered with the Orlando Magic NBA Basketball team, AMWAY and Orlando City Soccer to donate over 1,100 backpacks to those children in the Parramore area of Orlando. In addition to receiving backpacks filled with Ticonderoga writing and Prang art supplies, they also were able to participate in activities such as an arts and crafts table and they received popcorn and drinks courtesy of Dixon.
Working with these outstanding organizations and the Kids In Need Foundation, it is my goal that every disadvantaged child has the supplies that they need to be successful for their upcoming school year. If you would like to learn more about how to show your dedication to your community by giving backpacks to needy children, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s never too late.