At the Broadway Armory Park on August 9th we hosted our “BIG” Distribution & Activity Day Event, B2SI’s largest distribution of the year. This year’s event marked the 12th year we’ve distributed school supplies. It’s been amazing to witness both the growth and evolution of from the 1st year in which we helped just 125 kids.
Semi-trucks full of boxes upon boxes of school supplies kept our wonderful volunteers busy and sweaty throughout the morning as they unloaded kits that would then be sent to underserved children throughout the state. As a result of the hard work of all our volunteers we were able to distribute almost 15,000 kits in just one day! We increased the total number of kits distributed by 2,000 from the 13,000 that we distributed at last year’s event. This is something we are very proud of and appreciate all the help from each and every volunteer who helped us achieve this goal.
However, the day did not end there! In addition to our kit distribution, we hosted 400 children from area YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs for a day of activities meant to inspire creativity and get them excited to return to school in the fall. Activities included: aerobics and nutrition (courtesy of the Chicago Park District), science experiments (courtesy of American Chemical Society), “Knight Training” (courtesy of Medieval Times) and arts and crafts (courtesy of Kits for Kidz) along with an exotic petting zoo. We love this part of the day as it gives us a chance to have some fun with these children amidst all the hard work of loading and unloading of our Back 2 School kits.
We want to send a BIG thank you to all those who helped make this event happen. A lot of work went into planning this event, but we could not have pulled it off without our dedicated support base and volunteers. An extra special thank you goes out to Professor Abel Galvan from the University of Illinois, whom is responsible for so many of his student helping out as he does for us every year. “Thank You” professor!