Northwest Assistance Ministries Delivered School Supplies to More Than 1,500 Students in the Houston Area

August 15, 2016

The summer is almost over, but excitement over school supplies is just around the corner!

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) distributed its annual Back to School supplies to more than 1,500 children from kindergarten through 12th grade on August 13, 2016. The Back to School program helps local children in need from the Spring, Klein parts of Aldine and Cy-Fair Independent School Districts with the school supplies needed to start the school year.

“We are excited to see new and familiar faces that will benefit from our Back to School program,” explained Debbie Peterson, Director of Emergency Basic Needs at NAM. “We know how important it is for children to have school supplies and for families to have one less financial burden to worry about,” Peterson said.

One of those familiar faces is Cynthia Ross, who came back for a second time after receiving Back to School supplies last year for her family. “Shopping for school supplies for my family is so much easier thanks to NAM,” said Ross. “I have three kids and I’m excited they’ll get to experience education on a different level. NAM has been of tremendous help for me and my family.”

Cynthia Ross and her 4-year-old Noah during Northwest Assistance Ministries’ Back to School delivery day

Cynthia Ross and her 4-year-old Noah during Northwest Assistance Ministries’ Back to School delivery day

According to Peterson, support from our local community has been instrumental to the success of this program. “We couldn’t do what we do without all the help we receive from our corporate and community partners, congregations, supporters and NAM staff,” Peterson said. “Thanks to their continued support, NAM is able to help many children and families in need and we’re excited about being able to make a difference in their lives.”

In addition to receiving school supplies, 200 children received a $20 Payless gift card for shoes and 300 other received a $30 Academy gift card to purchase uniforms. This year’s Back to School donation goal was $31,000 and currently NAM has raised $16,995. NAM will be accepting donations until the goal is met.

To donate to NAM’s Back to School program, please visit www.namonline.org to learn how to help children in need start the school year with confidence. You may also send a check payable to Northwest Assistance Ministries at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77090.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education, safety, and financial education. In fiscal year 2014-2015, NAM touched the lives of more than 127,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information, please visit www.namonline.org or call (281) 885-4610.