The United Way of Western Connecticut has hosted its 25th annual Back to School Drive. 245 children in the Greater Danbury area are being provided with a backpack full of grade level appropriate school supplies. $100 gift cards for back to school clothes shopping are also being provided.
16 area businesses, civic groups and individuals sponsored children. The total value of donated items this year was nearly $43,000.
Members of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut were on hand to volunteer at the drive.
United Way CEO Kim Morgan says this is a day that pulls together the generous resources in greater Danbury to help families during a time that's meant to be exciting, not stressful. The program is aimed at alleviating financial stress associated with getting a child ready for school.