Hurricane Maria displaced thousands of families in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. WFTV 9 Family Connection has partnered with the Education Foundation of Osceola County the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Goodwill and Hope Now Central Florida on a “Back to School-After the Storm” school supply drive.
Many of the families displaced are heading here to stay or for a while bringing hundreds of new students to our local schools…some who lost everything.
Help us support them with our “Back to School-After the Storm” supply drive.
Now until October 31st, drop off a backpack and school supplies at Goodwill locations in Orange and Osceola counties.
¨These supplies will hopefully bring a bit of relief to the parents and make the kids feel welcomed to their new community,¨ said Channel 9 anchor Nancy Alvarez.
¨With so many kids arriving to Central Florida and starting school, it is important for them to start school as prepared as possible,¨ said Channel 9 certified digital meteorologist Irene Sans.
You can also make a direct donation to each school district to help students in those counties:
Education Foundation of Osceola County.
Donations can be made on our website, www.foundationosceola.org. Click on the “DONATE NOW” link on the top right-hand corner of the page. Once on the Donate Now form, you can choose “Hurricane Relief” as your donation designation. Also, as a 501(c)3, all donations are tax-deductible. All donors will receive a receipt for their tax records.
There is a “Give” heart on the main page or you could also select “OCPS Family Hurricane Relief” on the general giving page. Also, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; all gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law; and tax receipts are provided for every gift.
For a complete list of Goodwill locations in Orange and Osceola Counties:
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