Backpacks & Birthdays – Worcester, MA
Simon Says Give – Worcester is starting it’s fourth year in 2020! We honor the organization’s “kids celebrating kids” motto in two ways: Providing rising elementary school students in Worcester backpacks, binders, and ALL the supplies they need for middle school and giving birthday parties (hosted and birthdays in a box, which includes EVERYTHING from gifts to goody bags to decorations to a Queen’s Cups CAKE!) to kids ages 5-12 who wouldn’t have one otherwise. In our first three years, we have delivered 1000+ backpacks (worth an average of $70 at retail), celebrated 100 kids, and generated over 1,600 youth volunteer service hours from more than 125 different kids ages 4-17.
In 2018, at the request of the teachers and the schools, we added Case-It binders to the backpacks. These binders are the best on the market but cost $20 or more at retail. The students love them!
Our Worcester, MA Chapter launched High Five for Supplies in June 2017 with the help of Simon Says Give founder Mandi Simon and South Dakota President Nolan Fleming! Watch the story here: