Public school children in Hartford go back to class next week, and many parents are likely doing some last minute shopping for supplies this weekend.
While shoppers are out, they can help a giant cause.
In Hartford, 84 percent of the 21,000 public school students are from low-income families.
"Yes, that much of our kids are in need of assistance and we have a lot of children that are being raised by grandparents that are in foster care and we also have a lot of families that are raising children of military families,” said Marta Bentham, director of the Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center.
She said anyone help can make a difference, so this weekend New Country Mini Cooper is stepping up to help.
They will be parking cars in a Staples lot in West Hartford and Glastonbury on Saturday and Sunday, hoping to have the cars stuffed with school supplies.
"We're looking to maybe create a situation where a dozen or two-dozen or 300 kids start school feeling better about themselves, and the likelihood is they'll do better in school as a result,” said Peter Keast, manager of New Country.
He added that they have already stuffed several Mini Coopers last weekend, and because it was so successful they are doing it again.
"Our neighbors are in need of something and if it's something we can do, it's our community responsibility to do it,” Keast said.
Any and all kinds of supplies can be donated and they will go directly to the schools for distribution.
Those who can’t make it this weekend can make a donation at New Country Mini or BMW in Hartford.
"Always. We can use them without a doubt. We have the need, we have extenuating circumstances with our families,” Bentham said.
The collections will take place at Staples at 2250 Albany Ave. in West Hartford and at 49 Putnam Blvd. in Glastonbury on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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