SUMMIT, NJ -   The Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach have collaborated to collect hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and more, providing 385 Summit school children -- eligible for free and reduced lunches -- new backpacks and school supplies.  The 2014 effort marked the sixth year of the program.

More than $5,000 in supplies were purchased through grants from the Summit Luminary Fund, the Junior League of Summit, Merrill Lynch employee donations, and private donors. The Summit Area Public Foundation supplied funding for the new backpacks and pencil cases.  It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $65.  Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities.

In excess of 50 volunteers assisted the children during distribution, with Bridges Outreach, the Summit Fire Station and St. Teresa’s served as donation points for school supplies.  Adding to the donations, students were asked to contribute supplies before leaving for summer vacation. 

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“This has become a community event.  It’s nice to see Summit come together to help its children,” said Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, co-chairs of the event.

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