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Child Support Services to Host Fifth Annual Backpack and School Supply “GIVE-A-WAY”

County Employees, Associations to Donate on Behalf of Hundreds of Low-Income School Children and Families

WHAT:
In celebration of Child Support Awareness Month, the County of Santa Clara Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) Pride team is hosting its Fifth Annual Backpack and School “GIVE-A-WAY” for low-income children with an active case with the department. The backpack and school supply distribution will be complemented with a resource fair that provides information on available services and resources.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Department of Child Support Services

WHEN:
Friday, August 13, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


WHERE:
Department of Child Support Services, 2851 Junction Avenue, San Jose, CA 95134

WHY:
The Department of Child Support Services has approximately 50,000 open active cases in Santa Clara County. As the needs in the community increase, this year’s goal is to supply 700 backpacks.

The Backpack and School Supply “GIVE-A-WAY” is possible through the generous donations from County of Santa Clara employees, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, local organizations, businesses, and individuals.

Eligible families must have an active, open case with the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services. Eligible parents must bring to the “GIVE-A-WAY” event documents with a valid case number dated within the last 30 days. Children must be of school age 5-18 (no pre-school or college), and should be enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year. Regardless of the number of cases or children, a maximum of two backpacks per family household will be given while supplies last. If clients are receiving backpacks from Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services, or other County agencies, they will not receive bags from this event.

VISUAL OPPORTUNITIES: Parents and children receiving back packs and school supplies, and participating in the resource fair. Interviews available with Department of Child Support Services representatives, “Give A-Way” coordinators and parents who have given previous authorization.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: August 6, 2010