The Supplies for Star Students project, created by Leila Salmons of Houston and first written about by Landmark Education News several weeks ago, has since held its fundraiser, which was successful in raising significant amounts of money and backpacks for children in need. This recent update sent to Landmark Education News gives the latest details.
Salmons, owner of Therapy Connections, was inspired by her work with Landmark Education to create an annual project that would make a difference for the children of the Star of Hope Emergency Shelter. On Saturday, October 11, 2008, local women delivered over $12,000 in monetary donations and over 250 backpacks for the Star of Hope Emergency Shelter.
Salmons enrolled her sisters in the project: Selina Stanford, Andrina Weatherly and Maxine Ramirez. Together they created a goal to collect 100 backpacks and $10,000.
The final committee included Thiffany Whitely, Leigh Fillicci and Zach Hunt. Together these local residents raised well beyond their initial expectations, which also included urgent supplies for the children, including underpants and socks.
Marilyn Fountain of the Star of Hope said, "With the losses of Hurricane Ike, this support could not have been better timed."
The overall effort was a huge success, in no small part due to the willingness of the local community and young professionals to make a difference. For their efforts a special thanks to Let Us Play, Magpie’s Gifts, Amazon Cafe, Other Brother DJ Services, United Methodist Hospital, Bellaire Family Fun Run, Belleaire Buzz, Meyerland Office max and National Oilwell Varco.