Backpack and School Supplies Event 2021

The Cornerstone Clothing Bank Etc. has put on their 7th annual backpack and supplies event for children going back to school this fall. It was held on August 6, 7, 13 and various days thru the following two weeks. We gave out a total of 226 back packs of which 151 were filled with school supplies at a value of $7,030. We donated an additional 75 back packs to the Kindergarten Registration Program, Vernon and Children Family Services in Hartford who sent a cry out for help.  


We also gave out a variety of 3,365 pieces of school clothing. We allowed each student to pick out 2 complete outfits, including, footwear, socks, under wear and fall outer wear. Everything was given out at no cost. This was our way to help lessen the parent’s financial burden, especially when some parents have to provide for several children in the family as well as repercussions from Coviid19. The goal was to help promote a good education for our young people by providing them with the school supplies they needed to get this new school year started.


Keeping in mind the safety of the students, their family members, and our volunteers we followed Covid19 pandemic guidelines.  We had a very excited group of young people and their parents thanking us for our help. There was this one boy who took me by surprise.  After finding him a pair of sneakers in his size, out of the blue he said to me,” I have a smile under this mask.”  I wasn’t sure what I heard and asked him to repeat it. “I have a smile under this mask”.  That was the highlight of my day.  This is an example of what makes all that we do at the Cornerstone Clothing Bank Etc. well worth it!

Thank you for all the donations from Thrivent, Verizon, Churches, Urban Alliance, individuals from our community, and the Clothing Bank Etc. volunteers.  It is such a thrill to us how the community cares so much about its young people, and how they came together to help make yet another one of our Clothing Bank Etc. events so successful.


We are so happy with the great participation, and the excitement of the parents and children who look forward to our different events throughout the year:  the Halloween Boutique, Christmas Corner, Prom Boutique, and the back to school event. It is a pleasure to be able to help and provide everything for free.


Christine Filanowicz, Director, Cornerstone Clothing Bank, Etc.