• Hope Now Back 2 School Bash 2019 at Fashion Square Mall


    Join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Fun Spot America and Stanley Steemer and The UPS Store for the 2019 Back 2 School Bash. 9 Family Connection is the exclusive television partner for this event. Join us SATURDAY, August 3rd from 9am-2pm at The Fashion Square Mall. 

    Children are heading back to school in August and the reality is that many won't have the tools they need. Providing new clothes, school supplies, haircuts, etc. is a struggle for many Central Florida families and we want to help! 

    You can sponsor a student for just $20! Click here to http://hopenowinternational.org/donation/

    You can also register to volunteer here: http://www.hopenowinternational.org/volunteers.cfm

    If not for the effort by Hope Now Foundation, thousands of Central Florida children would go back to school without the basics to get started, often pushing the burden onto teachers.

    "Teachers can spend at least $900 out of their own pockets to go ahead and take care of their children," said Michael Radka of Hope Now International.

    The 2019 event is not just about backpacks; there's fun, face painting and performances. There will also be free dental, vision and hearing screenings, as well as free haircuts. 

    "I think it's awesome what they're doing for the kids, giving to the community," said one parent.

    Anyone who wants to help can make a donation online here and Hope Now Foundation will take care of the rest. 

    Thank you to everyone in Central Florida who helped make WFTV 9 Family Connection's Hope Now Back 2 School Bash 2019 a success!

    Last year, we were able to provide 9,800 backpacks, 750 dental screenings, 450 haircuts and 450 vision screenings. More than 25,000 were in attendance.


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