The Ecumenical Hunger Program is sending out an urgent call for donations to its Back to School Program, which has unexpectedly lost a major source of funding to purchase clothing gift cards.
The program aims to help children in need return to school this month wearing clothes in good condition, and with backpacks stocked with basic school supplies. Gift cards of $50 to stores like Target and Walmart are urgently needed at this time to fulfill that goal, according to Ellen Izuka, development associate at Ecumenical Hunger Program.
"To date, we have 48 gift cards, meaning 952 children who are counting on us to provide new clothes for school will go without," Izuka said.
The nonprofit organization also welcomes cash donations, and asks that donors specify on their checks or enclose a note with their gift cards specifying that the donation is for the Back to School Program.
Gift cards and donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, CA 94303. For more information, call 650-323-7781 or go to ehpcares.org.