When Leila Salmons of Houston created the "Supplies for Star Students" project in her Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program, her intention wasn't to collect school supplies for students with good grades. Rather, she and a team of professionals are making sure that personal living supplies – items such as socks and underpants as well as school supplies – go to the Houston-based Star of Hope emergency shelter.
This team of people is holding a supply dropoff event on October 1. They are asking individuals and businesses to donate backpacks full of supplies for young people in preschool through fifth grade either at the event of by October 3.
Star of Hope spokesperson Selina Stanford talked about the event on the Great Day Houston television program, noting that with Hurricane Ike having hit the region recently, lots of supplies were lost, creating an immediate need. Stanford goes on to mention that in addition to the personal supplies, the "Supplies for Star Students" project had committed to also donate $10,000 to Star of Hope, $5,000 of which had already been raised.